The history of Marian apparitions at Fatima is seen through the eyes of an involuntary protagonist Darius, a wealthy young man who lives a story of thwarted love and faith with Margarida Fado, a singer. May 13, 1917, a crucial year in the history of the world, Our Lady appeared to three Portuguese shepherd children and this will repeat every thirteenth day of the month at noon for six more times. In the context of social and political Portuguese era, characterized by strong anti-clerical movements, the phenomenon of Fatima, soon became a cult mass and is opposed by the authorities in every way.
Christus is the biography of Jesus of Nazareth, from his birth in Bethlehem to his death on Calvary. The film is divided into three parts, called " Mysteries ". The first Mystery includes the arrival of Jesus, the Magi, Herod and Pilate, the massacre of the innocents and the flight into Egypt. The second mystery includes the preaching at the Jordan, the episodes of the adulteress, the expulsion of the merchants from the temple and the triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The third mystery is in turn divided into three parts: the Passion, Death and Resurrection.
The new score, written by Marco Frisina , is a reinterpretation of the expressive masterpiece of Antamoro . The musical language is close to that of the time of the film, or 1916. While the wealth of images has required a large orchestra with the participation of a choir; on the other hand, the mysticism of some moments suggested the use of some of the themes of the ancient Gregorian repertoire able to emphasize the spirituality of the film.
For the 57th Venice International Film Festival of Art , the Venice Biennale , on the occasion of the presentation of this film was performed the soundtrack composed by Maestro Monsignor Marco Frisina and transcribed for two pianos in sync with the images.
UN DONO SEMPLICE (DVD) A SIMPLE GIFT
YEAR: 2000 (RAI erl)
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This film tells the story of a life that inadvertently takes different paths. Thomas Barlow is a cynical and ruthless CEO of a multinational company who, after the sudden death of his wife Elisa, goes to India to give the news to his daughter Beatrice . Between the two there had always been an adversarial relationship so that Beatrice received the tragic news and does not seek solace in her dad but in Sister Beth, who heads the mission where she does volunteer work. The result is a battle between Thomas and Sister Beth, two characters with a worldview that is totally antithetical . The manager ,in spite of himself, follows the daughter and sister into a "slum ", a poor neighborhood where he discovers the project carried out by a missionary nun who provides the basics for Indian women to boost their entrepreneurial skills, pushing them to build small family businesses. All this affects Thomas, who eventually will include the choice of Beatrice to stay in India.
VERSO LA GIOIA (DVD) TOWARDS THE JOY
YEAR: 2005 (ORIGINAL Heristal)
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The compilation entitled "Towards the joy" collects for the first time some of the finest musical compositions of Marco Frisina specially composed and the recorded images to be combined with some of the great and beautiful films made by LuxVide for the small screen as part of the project "The Bible." The 14 tracks that make up this CD are the result of great interest from viewing the movies by admirers of Marco Frisina. There are four new orchestrations that Marco Frisina wanted to accomplish especially for this occasion creating arrangements for piano and strings, and the result is that, in these songs, you can more readily appreciate the importance of melodic themes, a non- trivial melancholy and a poetic intensity and mild whispered ... like a breath dusting the soul. This music in particular, but in general all music by Marco Frisina, gives us a sense of graceful living and more, on this occasion, we realize how intense and deep it is. "Towards the joy" is sensory and intimate.
Marco Frisina is the screenwriter on this documentary that describes in detail the historical events not only of the Madonna del Parto, but also other artistic works made by the painter Biturgense Sansepolcro like the legend of the true cross.
Tristan lived at the court of his uncle, King Mark of Cornwall. The esteem that the king has for his nephew is the envy of the nobles of the court, who one day attack and seriously wound Tristan . According to tradition, the young person is under the care of the wind and salt, after being placed adrift on a boat. Tristan arrives so in Ireland, where Queen Maga takes care of him. There he meets Isolde, daughter of the king. The two young people feel attracted to each other, but when he discovers that Isolde is the sister of the giant Morholt, whom he killed, and that the princess vowed to avenge her brother, he decides to return to Cornwall. The young man is then in charge of finding a wife for King Mark, yet without heirs, and returns to Ireland to ask for the hand of Isolde for his uncle. The princess, meanwhile, finds that Tristan is the killer of her brother. She still accepts the marriage with the King of Cornwall but during the journey to the country of the groom, Tristan wants to kill and in turn die: he asks for a love potion specially prepared by the Queen Maga. The two young people drink by mistake the love potion that was supposed to make the king fall in love with Isolde, inevitably falling in love with each other.
The death of his wife Olga from the treacherous traitor Ivan Ogareff throws into disarray the brave captain of the Tsar, Michael Strogoff . He is recalled to duty by the Tsar himself, who instructs him to save the young heir to the throne of all the Russias, the Tsarevich Boris in danger of being taken prisoner by the Tartar chief Feofar Khan who is leading a revolt against the Tsar. Strogoff departs in disguise for faraway Siberia and on the train meets the cute French journalist Jules Vermont. Meanwhile, little Boris has found temporary protection at the house of Count Krasov and his daughter Nadia and from here is conducted safely to an orthodox monastery. The evil Ogareff takes hostage the Earl Krasov and forces his daughter Nadia to take the same train that is carrying Strogoff to Siberia to betray him to the Tartars. The train is attacked, but Strogoff saves and manages to reach the small Boris. Nadia is again taken from Ogareff, but manages to escape thanks to the intervention of Sangarre , a beautiful gypsy lover and victim of Ogareff . Strogoff and little Boris, in the meantime, in the disguise of two simple peasants, end up in the camp of the ferocious Feofar Khan. Taking advantage of a secret passage, Nadia and her father come out of the prison, but their escape is short: Count Krasov is killed by the Tartars and Strogoff is taken prisoner, although his strength allows Nadia to escape. The courier of the Czar is greeted nobly by Feofar Khan, who invites him to betray his king, but Strogoff refuses and Feofar condemns him to death. Nadia returns to the field to try to save Michael but is taken prisoner. Locked in the same cell, the two declare their love for each.
Damian is a cameraman who finds himself holed up in spite of himself inside the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem during the siege in April 2002. In the church, along with journalists,monks, nuns and refugees, there is a Palestinian woman who is about to give birth. Her baby was born a little later, as they start the negotiations that lead to the release of the journalists. The cameraman, once released, now in the hotel, feels he must do something for the child. Back in the Basilica, hiding the baby instead of the camera, overcome by the distrust of the Palestinians, he is helped by the Franciscans to take him out. Here he awaits a checkpoint. The Israeli soldiers began the search.
A volcano is ready to explode. An incorruptible man has a mystery to solve. This is a great story of love and change. A city rich and dissolute, torn by strife and contrasts. One catastrophe will decide forever the life of all. Pompei is the pearl of the Empire, but this is going to end forever. Vesuvius is about to awake, turning the dream into a nightmare for all Romans. On August 24, 79 AD, a huge explosion makes it clear to Pompeii that their lives will change forever. Marco, a Roman soldier believed by all to be dead, returns to Pompeii after years away to find his beloved Valeria. He will have to solve the mystery surrounding the murder of a man. A true hero, alone against all the intricacies of power, Marco will investigate and reveal a serious conspiracy. He will also travel on a journey of redemption and change, coming into contact with the nascent Christian community. But will the volcano change the destinies of all? Marco and Valeria will save the lives of many people and they will realize that in the midst of so much destruction , Vesuvius has not managed to kill hope.