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Episode 58—A Hidden Life Film Review w/ James Majewski

By Catholic Culture Podcast ( bio - articles - email ) | Dec 13, 2019 | In The Catholic Culture Podcast

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Terrence Malick’s stunning new film, A Hidden Life, is about Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian farmer who was martyred for refusing to swear loyalty to Hitler. James Majewski joins Thomas to discuss the film. He reads excerpts from Bl. Franz’s letters and prison writings, to see how well Malick’s portrayal lives up to the real-life saint. The letters of Franz and his wife Franziska reveal their deep devotional life, and testify to how much Franz’s heroism owed to the sacraments and the support of some good priests who are not included in the film.


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Franz Jägerstätter: Letters and Writings from Prison, ed. Erna Putz, is published by Orbis Books, a press that publishes a fair amount of heretical and dissenting material. The letters are most edifying, but we encourage you to buy a used copy rather than supporting that publisher.

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Theme music: “Franciscan Eyes”, written and performed by Thomas Mirus. Download the Catholic Culture Podcast soundtrack.

Thomas V. Mirus is Director of Podcasts for, hosts The Catholic Culture Podcast, and co-hosts Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast. See full bio.

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