In this 2-DVD set is collected several programs, from disparate sources and uniformly stunningly beautiful, centered on the life and work of the 12th-century saint, Hildegard of Bingen--poet, prophet, activist, musician, artist, mystic.
On DVD 1 is a 70-minute filmed version of her 'Ordo Virtutem' ('Ritual of Virtues') performed by a group of British singers/actors under the direction of Michael Fields and Evelyn Tubb; Ms Tubb portrays the central character, Anima (The Soul). It was shot in a the ruin of an abbey somewhere, I'd guess in England (although it might be Germany) and the visual effect is simply gorgeous. The 'staging' is hieratic, befitting the ritualistic nature of the chanting, and features individual singers for each of the Virtues (Humility, Knowledge of God, Charity, Fear of God, Obedience, Faith, Hope, etc.). Like a good opera or sacred oratorio, it tells of the moving story of the Soul's fight against the Devil with the aid of the Virtues.
Following that, on DVD 1, is a 45 minute conversation with and lecture by Matthew Fox, a well-known scholar of the life and works of Hildegard. Fox, a liberal theologian and Dominican priest who was silenced by the Vatican and later dismissed from his order, is now an Episcopal priest in California. His knowledge of Hildegard is second to none, and the interview and lecture are unfailingly fascinating.
On DVD 2 is a dramatization of Hildegard's life from the BBC. It features Patricia Routledge (best known to us Americans as Hyacinth Bucket on the BBC program, 'Keeping Up Appearances,' but for many years a well-esteemed serious actress) as the head of the abbey in which Hildegard is raised and continues to live. Again, the mise en scène is gorgeous, the acting beautifully done.