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Cinema & the Arts as Sermons: Grace & Dignity - Audrey Hepburn & Us

Updated: Jul 25

Video from Empire of the Mind

Grace & Dignity - Audrey Hepburn & Us

This video is about faces and bodies and how we move them, which is far, far more important than we realize. This crazy journey beings with Audrey Hepburn, runs through German and Chinese philosophy, and, by various and sundry routes, arrives back at each and every one of us. Grace is beauty of movement. And moving beautifully matters. For example, we know that our human relationships (with with parents, children, family, friends, strangers, and enemies) are foundational for our lives, but we often don’t appreciate the fact that the WAY we move our bodies in respect to those people forms the baseline for the quality of those relationships. So much of our broader moral interaction comes down to facial expression, to tone of voice, to the way we look at people—whether in a restrained, graceful, dignified way, with clear-eyed, confident respect, or in a cowardly, aggressive, lewd way. Grace and dignity are what make for better lives, a better society, and a better world." from video introduction.

Ah .. Audrey Hepburn! I remember as a child and young man being mesmerized by her style and beauty. her acting was superlative or it has seemed so to me over the years. Audrey Hepburn was not a superhero she was human and lived through suffering and adversity and heartbreak. She was a sinner like you and me.

Her gift to all of us was her personality and on screen persona which has charmed us for decades and will continue to do so.

"She was once the most publicly adored woman in the world, yet felt a deep lack of love in her private life. Now a new film about Audrey Hepburn, the first made with the consent of her family, reveals her extraordinary sadness and pain as she candidly discusses the traumas inflicted by her father, her marriages and her miscarriages.

Audrey, a documentary by 26-year-old British film-maker Helena Coan, comes from the producers of the Bafta-nominated McQueen, about the life of fashion designer Alexander McQueen, and is packed with revelations about one of the most enduring of all Hollywood’s stars..."

From the article: The best-kept secret about Audrey Hepburn is that she was so sad

Video from Docbusters

AUDREY (2020) Official Trailer | Trailblazers

For further reading: Audrey Hepburn's Last Days: The 11th-Hour Bid to Fly Her Home to Die – and Her Touching Gifts for Her Family When she was diagnosed with cancer of the appendix in 1992, Audrey Hepburn showed true grace.


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