Life and Work: John Henry Newman

Theatrical Release: June 15, 1991
DVD Release: June 15, 1991


A DOWNRIGHT ACCOUNT: The life and Work of John Henry Newman (1801- 1890). Newman, one of the most prominent clergymen of the 19th century, was converted to a devout Christianity under Calvinistic influence at tage 15. He spent half of his life as an Anglican. Recognized as a prime figure in the “Oxford Movement,” Newman converted to Roman Catholicism in 1845 and was made a cardinal in 1879.

This two-part, hour long program was filmed at Birmingham Oratory, on location in and around Oxford, at the colleges of Oriel and Trinity and the University Church of St Mary’s. Included are Newman scholars and a group of actors who give presentation from his works.

Newman’s life is well documented; indeed, 21,000 of his personal letters survive- enough to fill 31 volumes when they are published, and during his lifetime he save 40 volumes through the press. This brisk and compelling, docmentary wideo provides an informative overview of his life, work, and thinking that will be cherished by all who are interested in Newman.

“John Henry Newman is all about another world, and we’ve made such a ghastly mess of the world we’re living in that I think we’re ready to hear a bit about another world… and Newman helps us to see that it really is near. Newman was a person marvelously down to earth in understanding you, me, in understanding people just where they are. So this is going to be a program about us.- Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael Ramsey

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Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 60 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated