The Tree of Wooden Clogs

Here’s a foreign film from the Vatican’s 1995 list of “Some Important Films”. Following four peasant families in an Italian province in the late 1800s, the film does not have… Read More

Bicycle Thieves

Here’s a famous Italian classic from the Vatican’s 1995 list of great films. In post-World War II Rome, Antonio is struggling to find work to support his family. He finds… Read More

The Claus Family

Coping with the recent death of his father, Jules is in no mood to celebrate Christmas. But his enthusiasm returns when he discovers his grandfather is Santa Claus. Eager to… Read More

The Flowers of St. Francis

This 1950 Italian film dramatizes just a small part of the life and works of the popular 12th century Italian friar, Saint Francis of Assisi, known for founding the Franciscans.… Read More

Au revoir, les enfants

This week’s film, whose title translates to Goodbye, Children, is a foreign drama that’s more appropriate for older viewers. In 1944 occupied France, the young Julien miserably returns to the… Read More

Monsieur Vincent

Here’s a classic French film based on the life of a famous saint. It’s the year 1617 when Vincent arrives in Chatillon, France, to serve as the area’s new priest.… Read More

Of Gods and Men

“I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.” (Psalms… Read More

Babette’s Feast

Set in 19th century Denmark, Babette’s Feast tells the simple tale of Babette, a refugee from Paris who offers to work as a housekeeper for two elderly sisters living together.… Read More

Joyeux Noel

Intensely moving World War I tale of soldiers — Scottish, French and German — who spontaneously agree to a cease-fire on the Western front on Christmas Eve as they hear… Read More