Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Garden of Allah



It is nothing about Islam. It is a 1936 film with Marlene Dietrich. It is about two people finding themselves. One is Dietrich, a devout Catholic, the other is a Trappist monk who has lost his faith and run away.
It gives an insight into spirituality of duty and the power of vows that we seem to have lost. It doesn't quite end happily but it does show the power of sacrificial love and self denial and placing God first.

2 comments:

Pelerin said...

Thanks Father for the link. I did enjoy that - perfect for a Sunday afternoon. They don't make films like that any more! The desert scenes were beautiful even if according to Wikipedia they were filmed in California and Arizona rather than the Sahara. A bit surprised to see 'Sherlock Holmes' in it aka Basil Rathbone.

The subject of people finding themselves is at present uppermost in my mind as one of my sons left yesterday to do the Camino to Santiago de Compostela over the next two weeks (not walking but on a bike). He hopes to 'find himself' and contemplate his future having been made redundant earlier this year. I hope and pray that the journey may help him reconnect with the Faith he lost many years ago. I was surprised at his plans when he told me. They do say God moves in mysterious ways.

Long-Skirts said...

Thank you for posting this film. Beautiful! I don't think I could have done
what Domine did. Alas!! I am frail.