Mater Dei (film, in Italian – 1950)

An early film, among the first films in color, which portrays the story of the Mother of God. The story is told with visual grace, and theological allusions, in Italian. (English subtitles are not available so far as I know.) Please see link: https://dai.ly/x5lb3jg

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The Garden of Eden/Film and Poetry (Beat Poet of San Francisco)

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A Spirituality of Joy

Here’s a short film about the Garden of Eden, which celebrates joy and eroticism: The Pleasure Garden:

James Broughton was a beat poet (of 1950s-1980s San Francisco), an avant garde filmmaker, a bisexual, who celebrated love in all forms and eroticism as a celebration of being alive. He was a teacher and artist whose chief commitment was to freedom of soul and expression.

Take a look at this poem and the film below with spiritual themes.

CANTICLE

Open your doors
Open my windows
I dwell in you and you dwell in me
We are a duplex of comradely miracles
We are a house as large as mankind

Those we have sat lovingly beside
those we have ached for or laughed with
all those who have pierced us with joy
become residents of our habitation

Who needs to have it explained?
Who needs to have it defended?
This is an alleluia of life
This is our humming of humansong