Household Saints and Its Author at Mary Baldwin

April 20, 2006

As part of its Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges Visiting Artist/Scholar Program, Mary Baldwin University will host a public showing of the filmHousehold Saintsat 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 28th in Francis Auditorium, followed by a talk-back session with writer Francine Prose. The 1993 film is based upon Prose’s novel by the same title.

Upon its release,Household Saintswas praised by film critic Roger Ebert as a warm-hearted jewel of a movie … without a second that isn’t blessed by the grace of its special humor and tenderness.?

The Village Voicecalled it one of the best films of the year.?

Directed by Nancy Savoca, the movie stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Tracey Ullman, and Lili Taylor as members of an Italian-American family in New York City. When the family’s one child establishes a special affinity for St. Teresa, ‘the Little Flower of Jesus,’ the movie raises provocative questions regarding the difficult distinctions between devotion and delusion, miracles and madness. The film is rated R.

Francine Prose, as Mary Baldwin University’s 2005-06 Doenges Visiting Scholar, was in residence at Mary Baldwin for a week in January and is returning to campus to teach the May Term course Literature, Language, and Lies: Reading Word by Word. Her other novels includeA Changed Man,Primitive People,Hunters and Gatherers, andBlue Angel, a finalist for the National Book Award. Her many published works also include collections of short stories, biographies, essays, and art reviews.

The public is invited to watchHousehold Saintsand talk with Francine Prose at 7:30 p.m. April 28 in Francis Auditorium at the corner of Coalter and Frederick streets, Staunton. This event is free of charge.