Sunday, 17 October 2010

Vision: Hildegard von Bingen

Oooh! Oooh!

1 comment:

aelred patrick said...

Oooooh ooooh wif bells on! Must see this one!

I dew like a medieval melodrama: the swirl of habits & rosaries, the gothic shadows, the gregorian chant, eerie cathedrals swathed in wintry mist, the lack of laundry & hygiene, the battle of theological & political wills.

Altho I suspect, from the trailer, that it will dissolve into nuns = goodies, priests = baddies, ie caricature.

Whereas in truth Bernard of Clairvaux, the hyper-monk of the age, for one, was a great advocate of Hildegard.

And I fear the dramatic issues at stake will trendy 21st, not interesting 12th, century ones. As if the poor wee folk back then were too primitive to have any passionate realities or dilemmas to deal with. (Like crusades, for instance, or corruption.) So we have to inject some of our own...

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