Monday, May 10, 2010

Movie Review: St. Giuseppe Moscati

Over the weekend (the film is 3 hours long), we watched St. Giuseppe Moscati: Doctor to the Poor. St. Giuseppe was a doctor in Naples, Italy in the early 20th century. Although he was from an aristocratic family, he devoted his life to caring for the poor and the sick. He was a pioneer in the field of biochemistry whose research led to the discovery of insulin as a cure for diabetes. He treated patients whether they could pay or not and would often give his poorest patients money for their prescriptions. When Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 1906, he evacuated a nursing home minutes before it collapsed. He was especially attentive during the 1911 cholera epidemic and treated over 3000 soldiers during World War I. He was canonized in 1987.

Maybe it is just because I am not Italian, but I had never heard of this Saint before. I thought the film was really rather well done. There are elements I wish I knew how accurate they were, but overall it was a very enjoyable and good film. The film is in Italian with English subtitles. I would not recommend it for youngest viewers as it was about a doctor and there are scenes in a hospital but young adults should have no problem. The film itself is not rated but it would probably land around a PG/PG-13 rating if it had one.

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