Another chapter in Roberto Rossellini’s filmed history of civilization, Augustine of Hippo begins with Saint Augustine’s appointment as the bishop of Hippo Regius in North Africa, and follows Augustine’s attempts to preserve the moral focus of his life as the Roman Empire enters its decline. Rossellini says of the film, “The idea of a civilization that is dying, and that, nevertheless, preserves and projects into the future something of itself—that deeply fascinates me. For this I made Augustine of Hippo.”