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Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)

Fratello sole, sorella luna (original title)
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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Deodato
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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 <ecannon@mail.utexas.edu>

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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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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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According to Robin Askwith's memoirs, Askwith was cast in this but was fired. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Bishop Guido: So what do you want?
St. Francis of Assisi: I want to be happy, I want to live like the birds in the sky. I want to experience the freedom and beauty that they experience.
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Version of Francis of Assisi (1961) See more »

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Preghiera semplice
(Riz Ortolani-Benjamin)
Sung by Claudio Baglioni
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Beautifully haunting interpretation
20 April 2001 | by (Midnight MovieLand) – See all my reviews

Oh yes, we can look at this as a parable of the "hippies" and an anti-war, anti-establishment film (as if those are somehow "bad" things.) It is all that. Any director who cannot interpret through the lenses of his time is not a very good director. Zefferelli is a master at it. It may make the movies seem dated but that also is a sign of mastership as we see the life of Francis and also see life in the Vietnam era 1970s. The movie itself is hauntingly filmed in a dreamlike manner. It tells the story of Francis who we will later know as Saint Francis Of Assissi. It is not an attempt to tell the complete story of the saint, but to use episodes from his life to speak to the culture of the time. It is not a biography so much as it is an interpretation.


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