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Francis of Assisi (1961)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 12 July 1961 (USA)
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In 13th century Italy, Francis Bernardone, the son of an Assisi merchant, renounces a promising army career in favor of a monastic life and starts his own religious order, sanctioned by the Pope.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Ludwig von Wohl (novel) (as Louis De Wohl), Eugene Vale (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bradford Dillman ... Francis Bernardone of Assisi
Dolores Hart ... Clare
Stuart Whitman ... Count Paolo of Vandria
Cecil Kellaway ... Cardinal Hugolino
Eduard Franz ... Pietro Bernardone
Athene Seyler ... Aunt Buona
Finlay Currie ... The Pope
Mervyn Johns ... Brother Juniper
Russell Napier ... Brother Elias
John Welsh ... Canon Cattanei
Harold Goldblatt Harold Goldblatt ... Bernard
Edith Sharpe Edith Sharpe ... Donna Pica
Jack Lambert Jack Lambert ... Scefi
Oliver Johnston ... Father Livoni
Malcolm Keen ... Bishop Guido
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Storyline

Francis Bernardone (Bradford Dillman) is the son of a wealthy cloth merchant in Assisi, who gives up all his worldly goods to dedicate himself to God. Clare (Dolores Hart) is a young aristocratic woman who, according to the film, is so taken with St. Francis that she leaves her family and becomes a nun. By this time (1212 A.D.), St. Francis has a well-established reputation for his vows of poverty. The movie goes on to note miracles (such as the appearance of the stigmata on Francis's hands and feet) and other aspects of his life, up to and including his death on October 3, 1226. Written by Anonymous

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The story of a lusty, fighting young adventurer who exchanged his sword for a cross See more »


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Trivia

Average Shot Length = ~10.6 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~10.3 seconds. See more »

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Several times in the movie, you can see the Basilica of Saint Francis in the background. It wasn't built before 1230, four year after Saint Francis' death. See more »

Quotes

Count Paolo of Vandria: If this be victory, blessed be defeat.
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Crazy Credits

[Right before the closing title card] Pax et Bonum ("peace and all good [be with you]"). This Latin phrase is the traditional greeting and goodbye of the Franciscans, and it was established by Francis himself. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 2 (1999) See more »

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6 April 2018 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

For each Romano-Catholic believer, the portrait of Francis of Assisi has precise traits, impecable nuances, the right frame. a film about him change nothing. for a Greek - Orthodox like me, it is more simple. legends adapted by different directors for a great effect. in this case, maybe, two pillars define the film - too Catholic sensitivity and too much Hollywood. each of them are far to be real errors or sins. it is a film by Michael Curtiz, represents part of an age of American cinematography, the time of impressive shows but , maybe, after the experience of other films about the Poor from Assisi, the film seems for me just a correct homework. sure, Iam really subjective.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Francis of Assisi See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Budget:

$2,015,000 (estimated)
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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