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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.

Director:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Box Office

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Irish actor Frank Grimes was originally chosen to play St. Francis (one Francis for another), but Director Franco Zeffirelli changed his mind at the last minute, and went with Graham Faulkner instead. See more »

Goofs

Francis is shown part way down the roof line when he picks up the bird, but without walking any further, he is at the end of the roof when he lets it go. See more »

Quotes

St. Francis of Assisi: When you wanted your wife to speak like you, why didn't you marry the thick headed butcher's daughter?
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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 The Flowers of St. Francis (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Canzone di San Damiano
( Donovan-Benjamin )
Sung by Claudio Baglioni
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I liked the film
17 August 2005 | by kellyo-3See all my reviews

I just wanted to comment on the film, mainly because the one other commentator stated that the film was terrible. I happen to like the film. Sure, there are moments when it is a bit too saccharine, but it is still worth viewing. The cinematography is superb, and I think the music score is AMAZING. It is simple with a folk-song quality that I think fits with Saint Francis's teachings. I only wish there were a soundtrack available; I'd buy it in a heartbeat. I agree with the other commentator that there is nothing really "new" added to the story of Saint Francis; however, the story is a good story without something "new" added to it. I do wish that the film could have been a bit "grittier"; what I mean is, sometimes in the film, Saint Francis comes across as if he were so kind and gentle that he is floating or mindless. I wish the film could have shown the harsh realities that Saint Francis would have faced. Overall, the film is beautiful. Don't miss it.


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