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Audrey Hepburn In One of Her Greatest Roles

Thank you Audrey for being an instrument in this film.

The Nun’s Story, is a very moving and compelling portrait of a young lady’s entry into the convent and how she struggles to find her real self and her place in the world.  Audrey gives the performance of her life. Her great acting with a superb appearance by Dame Edith Evans as Mother Superior in a supporting role is perfection. This film has been with me all of my life. As all great films do, it speaks on many levels to the heart of those who will listen and will help inspire some to find what is their purpose is in life. The experience needed to grow and fulfill one’s role in life may be difficult but if we could have a Franz Waxman soundtrack as absolutely perfect as this one is then life, like in a film would be immeasurably tolerable. Sadly, real life does not come with a soundtrack. Maybe, somewhere in the Universe it does [sigh]. We can only hope.

Audrey Hepburn has been in my life always in one way or another through her films. This film, which was always one of my favorites profoundly impressed me at an early age not only because of her acting but because her own real inner self shone through in the character she plays. In The Nun’s Story, her greatest role, I think, she gave the performance of her life. It is the greatest film she made. The message through this film, basically, is that a person needs to find out who they are really in this life and follow their inner voice wherever life might take them.

Her story, in the role she plays, is as a young woman who enters the convent at a very tender age. While in the convent she struggles for years to be as good a nun as she possibly can and seemingly accomplishes just that. Years of training to be a nun and then training to be a nurse pays off when finally she is able to be transferred to the Belgian Congo in Africa, her life’s dream. She wants to help the African natives and this is her reason for entering the order of nuns seen in the film. However, once she is in Africa, she is told that she will be assisting the young surgeon who works in the hospital for white Europeans in the Congo who need medical intervention. This is a shock for her and she resigns herself to obedience to the wishes of her superiors. At the hospital she experiences some of her greatest challenges, not only as a nurse but, especially, as a nun due to the doctor’s critical observations of her behavior as a nun. Over time she becomes conflicted with the duties of being a nun and the duties of being a nurse and tensions within her build up so much so until the struggle is too much for her. She becomes sick with tuberculosis, then, is cured by the doctor and, eventually, she is sent back to Europe in order to escort a very important European who needs assistance because he has had a breakdown. Throughout the film, she is constantly reminded that her first duty is to be a nun. Upon return to the motherhouse in of her order in Belgium she is told by Mother Superior that she will not being going back to Africa anytime soon because of the war (WWII) which will begin soon. The rest of the story you will need to see for your own how the film ends. This is film and its majestic, touching and soulful soundtrack is among the best in film to date. This film will certainly be worthwhile to see and you will feel the overall message that it portrays so dramatically and so well. It truly will be an unforgettable experience which may last for your lifetime.

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You are always in our hearts Audrey Hepburn.  Thank you sweet friend.

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This video for the song, Calls Me Home was made specifically for Audrey.

 

Calls Me Home

It’s funny how the walk of life
can take you down without a fight
So many years, can leave behind
regretfully until it’s time
to realize that moment,
when you turn around

I’m coming home
to breathe again, to start again
I’m coming home
from all the places I have been,
with nothing but a voice within
that calls me… calls me home

Back in the day when I was younger
I was so lost and proud
I’ve gained the world, but if I never
compare of what I’ve heard
In the quiet morning
when the earth holds still

I’m coming home
to breathe again, to start again
I’m coming home
from all the places I have been,
with nothing but a voice within
that calls me… calls me home
calls me home

I’m coming home
to breathe again, to start again

I’m coming home
to breathe again, to start again
I’m coming home
from all the places I have been,
with nothing but a voice within
that calls me…

sung by Shannon Labrie

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And finally, the third video below is a beautiful, exciting, emotional, fun, and absolutely breathtaking look at Audrey’s films.  All I can say about this tribute to Audrey is: WOW!  It’s a perfect tribute to a fine human being.

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