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In 303 A.D., Barbara is the beautiful, twenty-year-old daughter of Dioscoro, the Roman governor during a time of fierce Christian persecution. Barbara is a pagan, but when Giuliana, a slave raised alongside her almost like a sister, is condemned to death for her Christian faith, Barbara rebels.
She valiantly attempts to save Giuliana, as well as other Christians being persecuted, boldly protesting to her father and other government leaders. When that fails, Barbara makes a daring plan for the successful escape from prison of her Christian friends.
Saint Barbara is also the story of her profound love for Claudio, the noble Roman soldier whose life she saves, as well as her deep compassion for all afflicted humanity. The courageous and holy witness of her Christian friends inspires her to convert to their religion, a decision which will eventually cost Barbara her life.
Before her death, Barbara discovers she has journeyed down the same path as her mother, who was taken from her as a child for having made the same choice, to become a Christian, which had never been told to Barbara as she was growing up.
Barbara is the victim of many acts of cruelty in the last period of her life. The serenity with which she overcomes such barbarity can only be attributed to her new faith in Christ, which gives her the strength necessary to face the most difficult trials and to forgive her persecutors.
Set in the Empire Studios, reproducing ancient Rome, Saint Barbara recreates authentic atmosphere and a realistic sense of the the time period, mingling historical and some fictional characters. Starring Vanessa Hessler, Thomas Trabacchi, Massimo Wertmulle and Simone Montedoro.
This DVD contains the following language options: Italian with English and Spanish subtitles. Widescreen. Approx. 100 minutes.
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HomeschoolingRocks2 Stars Out Of 5Just OkayJuly 9, 2014HomeschoolingRocksThe costuming and acting was all fine, but I was disappointed with the actual storyline of this film. I kept waiting for Dioscorus to build the tower she where she was kept and it never happened. The tower is one of the things that everyone associates with this saint, yet they didn't show or mention it at all. How could they have left that part out?? They also added a background story to the tale, slowly revealing that her mother was a Christian too and had died. I think that twist took away too much away from Barbara and her own story. At the end of the film when it gets to the scene with her being tortured and martyred for the faith, it is quickly rushed and gives a feeling of hopelessness instead of inspiration. The movie doesn't mention or show that after each time she was tortured she was miraculously healed by God, nor does it make mention of her escape through divine intervention. It doesn't include her father chasing after her, beheading her, and then being struck by lightening as a punishment from God. Instead Barbara is simply flogged and her father rushes to her and pretends to embrace her, but pulls out a knife and stabs her (which looks almost like they wanted it to appear as a hollywood-ized "mercy killing" instead of an act of blatant murder which it actually was) and the movie ends. A black screen appears with a brief blurb stating that legend says that Dioscorus was struck to death by lightening. Then the credits roll.
I feel like it had everything in place to be a fantastic movie if they had just depicted more of the traditional legend instead of cutting it out and adding made up parts to enhance the story.
Also the DVD itself is a bit finicky and it would lock up sometimes if I tried to pause or fast forward. The first DVD I got was warped and didn't play at all. I returned it easily with no problems and a new replacement was sent promptly.