Francis and Clare - A New Feature Film October brings the feast day of St. Francis on the 4th of the month and as we honor the great saint, Aquinas and More is thrilled to announce the release of a new feature film, telling the life stories and works of the two great saints from Assisi, Francis and Clare. Francis and Clare is an informative and historically accurate film, but don’t think this is merely a documentary. This biopic is an epic feature film of the highest quality, shot on-location in Italy. Francis and Clare is a polished and professional film all the way around, from the wonderful portrayal by the actors in the title roles to the stunning cinematic features. Clare and Francis tells the story of two citizens of Assisi who would go on to become dear friends and found major religious orders and impact the world centuries after their deaths. Francis was the son of a rich merchant, Clare a daughter of aristocracy. The families of both expected their children to follow into luxurious, worldly lives – God had something very different planned for the future saints. The movie is yet another great Catholic film from Lux Vide, the amazing production company that brought you St. Rita, Saint John Bosco: Mission to Love, and the epic mini-series of the life of Pope John Paul II, for which Jon Voight was nominated for an Emmy. As with these other great movies from Lux Vide, Francis and Clare embodies the true spirit of piety and joy these beloved saints were known for and is at the same time an engaging and entertaining feature film. If you enjoyed the St. Rita or Saint John Bosco films, you are sure to love rediscovering the lives of St. Francis and St. Clare in this stunning film. This DVD is also filled with special features, including a “making of Francis and Clare” featurette with Capuchin Franciscan Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, Preacher to the Papal Household! The DVD is also a great learning opportunity. Whether you are encountering the lives of Sts. Francis and Clare for the first time, or simply seeking to gain more insight into the lives of these beloved saints, the movie, along with the included 16 page booklet by Tim Drake with study questions and biographies of St. Clare and St. Francis, will prove to be valuable resources. With Christmas coming up, this would be a wonderful gift for a Franciscan in your life, or someone who has a special devotion to either Francis or Clare. Lux Vide was founded in 1992 by Ettore Bernabei and a group of Italian entrepreneurs. The mission of Lux Vide was simple – to produce quality films and television programs with a positive message, artistic entertainment devoid of offensive and violent content and family-friendly. It didn’t take long for the company to become renowned the world over for its quality programs which have been viewed all over the world by thousands of people. Want to learn more about these incredible saints? We suggest reading Brother Francis of Assisi or The Perfect Joy of St. Francis. Or pick up the compelling biography, Clare and Her Sisters or read some of St. Clare’s own wonderful writings. We also have an incredible selection of Franciscan resources and gifts.