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A Film Canon of Saints

by Hunter Duesing
Considering that the stories of Catholic Saints would be a goldmine for films full of epic storylines and serious themes, there are surprisingly few films that deal with them, with Joan of Arc being far and away the most popular. Maria Falconetti as St. Joan of Arc in Carl Th. Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc Nazario Gerardi as St. Francis of Assisi in Roberto Rosselini’s The Flowers of St. Francis A version of Saint Simon Stylites, tempted by Satan in Luis Buñuel’s Simon of the Desert Not included are films dealing with Jesus and his desciples, only films about the Saints that came in the wake of Jesus and Christianity. Feel free to… Read more

Considering that the stories of Catholic Saints would be a goldmine for films full of epic storylines and serious themes, there are surprisingly few films that deal with them, with Joan of Arc being far and away the most popular.


Maria Falconetti as St. Joan of Arc in Carl Th. Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc


Nazario Gerardi as St. Francis of Assisi in Roberto Rosselini’s The Flowers of St. Francis


A version of Saint Simon Stylites, tempted by Satan in Luis Buñuel’s Simon of the Desert

Not included are films dealing with Jesus and his desciples, only films about the Saints that came in the wake of Jesus and Christianity. Feel free to mention any films on MUBI I’m missing!

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