Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)
"Fratello sole, sorella luna" (original title)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  2 December 1972 (USA)
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This is a dramatization of events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi from before his conversion experience through his audience with the pope, including his friendship with St. Clare.


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This is a dramatization of events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi from before his conversion experience through his audience with the pope, including his friendship with St. Clare. Written by Ed Cannon <>

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A Motion Picture That Celebrates The Timeless Joy of Original Innocence


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2 December 1972 (USA)  »

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Brother Sun, Sister Moon  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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According to Franco Zeffirelli's autobiography, The Beatles were asked to appear in the film in the main roles but were unable due to scheduling conflicts. Zeffirelli also screen-tested Al Pacino for the role of Francesco but rejected him due to his theatrical overacting style. See more »


HH Pope Innocent III is depicted with a full beard; however, there are several contemporary portraits that show that he was clean shaven. See more »


Pietro Di Bernardone: Business is blooming, life is back to normal at last
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Sung by Claudio Baglioni
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This movie highly impacted me as an early college student in the 1970s.
29 October 2005 | by (The Colony (DFW area), Texas) – See all my reviews

Upon seeing this movie in my young 20s, I fell in love (metaphorically speaking) with St. Francis of Assisi and the simple message of life that he practiced. Though many of the absolute facts were stretched, like in most "historic" films, the movie was completely on the mark about his simplicity and his love of nature and mankind. In addition, it gave a very plausible and probable glimpse of the love relationship he had with St. Clare, all in contrast with the idea of love and sexuality which we have in these times.

Though the Italian version soundtrack was not by Donovan, the English language songs he sang gave the movie great focus and support. I often wondered why it was only issued on vinyl in Italy, which is how I discovered Donovan's songs were not present. The music is sensitive and wonderful.

Both young actors, Bowker & Faulkner, fill their roles with perfection. Bowker is one of the most beautiful and sensitive young actresses of that period, so it is with wonder that she was not more utilized or popular.

Yes, the film does have the allegorical connection with the hippie movement, but that does not diminish the story nor the impact. In fact, rather, it parallels our times and served to connect me with the times of Francis, if that is possible.

Finally, Zeffirelli deserves a thanks for tackling this saint with compelling zeal, passion, sensitivity, and panache. As another reviewer here noted, the scenery will blow you away. And as a child of the 50s who grew up in the late 60s, this movie offset the idea of love having to be of a sexual nature, and elevated love to a plane where it becomes transcendent and transforming. Isn't that what love is supposed to do in our lives? I have had my own 2 sons watch it with me more than once as they were growing up, and they are mid-20s now.

It will be a hard film to find, but is viewable for any age without reservations and is well worth the search. (It is now available on DVD for around $10 or less.)

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