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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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Franco Zeffirelli
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Cast

Credited cast:
Graham Faulkner ... St. Francis of Assisi
Judi Bowker ... Clare
Leigh Lawson ... Bernardo
Kenneth Cranham ... Paolo
Lee Montague ... Pietro Di Bernardone
Valentina Cortese ... Pica Di Bernardone
Alec Guinness ... Pope Innocent III
Michael Feast ... Silvestro
Nicholas Willatt Nicholas Willatt ... Giocondo
John Sharp ... Bishop Guido
Adolfo Celi ... Consul
Francesco Guerrieri Francesco Guerrieri ... Deodato
Peter Firth
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rossano Attrotico Rossano Attrotico
Pierre Baldini Pierre Baldini ... (as Piero Baldini)
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Storyline

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


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brother Sun, Sister Moon See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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: They are restoring a consecrated ruin for love. Is that a crime?
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Alternate Versions

The Italian version runs 14 minutes longer, has a different score (no Donovan) and is totally recut, almost to the extent of being a different film. The film is not a flashback, it begins as the boys travel to an attic where they've acquired suits of Armour, then into the credits, then an extended ride through the fields with totally different dialogue. Different scenes, shots and dialogue throughout. See more »

Connections

Version of Francesco, giullare di Dio (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Fratello sole sorella luna
(Riz Ortolani-Benjamin)
Sung by Claudio Baglioni
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One of my favorites
3 March 2000 | by DeeDee-10See all my reviews

I finally ordered the video after renting it a dozen times! This film captures the essence of what I have read about St. Francis of Assisi. Faulkner, Bowker, and of course Alec Guinnes shine in their roles. I recognized the actress who played Francis' mother as the same actress who played Herodias in Jesus of Nazareth. Yes, it is a movie of the "flower children", but it is sincere and faultless. After so many viewings I even got used to Donovan! Zeffirelli did a wonderful job of directing, bringing out beautiful pieces of acting from all. The scene at the end with Pope Innocent III, Francis and his little band was as powerful as anything I've seen in film, religious or not. IMDB lists this film as Graham Faulkner's one and only! What happened to him I wonder?


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