Brother Sun, Sister MoonDirector: Franco Zeffirelli
St. Francis of Assisi was an extraordinarily complex and difficult figure whose effect on his contemporary society was electrifying. Even today, many people are moved by his visionary message of universal toleration. Twelfth-century Italy had an exceptionally grim and regimented society, but the barefoot monk from Assisi undoubtedly had the courage that comes from… See more details below
St. Francis of Assisi was an extraordinarily complex and difficult figure whose effect on his contemporary society was electrifying. Even today, many people are moved by his visionary message of universal toleration. Twelfth-century Italy had an exceptionally grim and regimented society, but the barefoot monk from Assisi undoubtedly had the courage that comes from deep faith and was able to transcend the oppressiveness of the time. In this Italian/British-produced film, director Franco Zeffirelli attempts to bring his vision of this great man to the screen. The contemporary (1970s) example of the hippie movement contributed a great deal to the style in which the story is told. The musical score, using ancient Italian melodies, was arranged by Donovan. The film is visually beautiful in a way which tends to minimize the squalor of the times. As the movie begins, Francis (Graham Faulkner) is the son of wealthy merchants, and enjoys his share of wine, women and song without serious thought. When war and disease devastate his neighborhood, Francis undergoes an anguished transformation which culminates in his appearing before the local bishop and removing his clothes to renounce his previous life and family before dedicating himself to God. The culminating dramatic moment is Francis' appearance before Pope Innocent III (Sir Alec Guinness), to make his case for an independent religious order under new rules.
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Cast & Crew
|Alec Guinness||Pope Innocent III|
|Valentina Cortese||Pica Di Bernardone|
|Lee Montague||Pietro Di Bernardone|
|Carlo Cotti||Asst. Director|
|Suso Cecchi D'Amico||Screenwriter|
|Lorenzo Mongiardino||Production Designer|
|Carmelo Patrono||Set Decoration/Design|
|Gianni Quaranta||Art Director|
|Ken Thorne||Musical Direction/Supervision|
1. Francesco [:07]
2. Sons of Assisi [:43]
3. Awakening [4:41]
4. The Old Church [3:07]
5. Family Business [4:47]
6. Born Again [:31]
7. Cornerstones [6:40]
8. Simple Message [4:33]
9. Flesh Is Weak [2:58]
10. Worshippers Gather [5:08]
11. Journey to Rome [2:40]
12. Before the Pope [6:54]
13. Blessed [1:17]
Audio Options: English
Audio Options: Français
Subtitle Options: English
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I must have seen this video,..20 times.Each time I see it,the more greatful I am, for a loving and caring God.St. Francis,got to view life in the correct perspective,he submitted himself entirely to God the Father.He is consumed by a Heavenly Father's love that passes all understanding!Buy this video, and give to all who have "a hunger and thirst for God,for they shall be filled."
Franco Zeffereli(who also made the classic "Jesus of Nazareth") made this great movie to reach the youth of the 70's who were fed up with the war, the government, traditional churches, in other words- the SYSTEM of their day (sound familiar?... then this movie is for YOU!) But when it first came out, it received some of the worst reviews ever received by a motion picture! As they say-"Its the hit dog that howls" and so did the warmongering and duped older generation howl when they didnt listen to the truth their children were speaking. Long live the truth and freedom of "Brother Sun" so well portrayed by the actors and Mr. Zeffereli!
A heart and mind changing film which reveals the love and true core of Christianity. Made in the 70's before the grand technology of today, the story and performances overide any of the technical shortcomings. It was even nominated by the Academy - a rarity for a Christian film.
An excellent dramatization of the conversion and early life of Francis of Assisi. It is moving and uplifting. The portrayals are sensitive and well done.
I am not Catholic and I am not religious but I am a spiritual person and have deep beliefs - due in no small part to this movie. It makes you want to reach out and help those around you that are less fortunate. When a movie has this kind of affect on a person how could I give it less than 5 stars.
One of the most powerfull and spiritual films i have ever watched, This film will make you question your self,do we listen for Gods calling? St Francis will bring you closer to Jesus, in a way you thought was not possible.A must for all searching!
It is more than a movie that entertains you because Brother Sun and Sister Moon will definetely touch your heart and be moved to some scenes that is really a tearjerker. I watched this film way back 1998 and when I joined in a Franciscan Order (but now, I decided to move out of the order), I already viewed this film for ten times. I really miss this film so much that I crave even more to watch this motion picture. I don't have any copy of this Franco Zeferelli's 'magnum opus' but I would be gladly to buy anyone's copy for a reasonable price. Just check my e-mail and send a letter for me. Thanks! I am higly recommending this film to everyone of every religion domination. You willl love this film as I do. The actors are great and so as the director of the film. You will realize and understand the spirituality of St.Francis of Assisi based on this film. If I may add, Believe it or not, this film is very rare to find in our place.
When reading the biography of Rich Mullins' life, I learned that this film impacted his life tremendously. So I found a copy of the film, watched it, and was blown away by it. I am a life-long protestant, but now know what the Pope is all about and who St. Francis was, and I am deeply moved. And this movie really helped me in a time when I have been worried about my job going to China. When it all comes down to it, it all just does'nt matter. I'll be fine -- by God's grace and His providence. Best film I've ever viewed.
This movie is absolutely wonderful. When i first watched it, i was at a boarding school, and it inspired me to change my life. I see everything differently now. I suggest watching this. It will truly inspire you.
when a teacher assigned our class to watch this, i had no idea of how it would change my life. i was at a behavior-mod school in bend oregon at the time. when i saw this movie, spirituality sparked within me and changed the person i was. i led myself to talk to a counsler and tears ran down my face because this story was so inspiring. if you do not cry or feel anyting worth while during this movie, then you are emotionally dead. this is one powerful movie.
THIS MOVIE WILL TOUCH YOUR SOUL. DONOVAN'S MUSIC IS HAUNTING IN A GENTLE PEACEFUL WAY.
I loved this movie. I would have to say that it is my all time favorite film. Very well acted, with an inspirational message of tolerance and devotion, simply fantastic.
This is one of the best movies ever made. Every time I watch it, I am moved to tears at least seven times during the film. Great music too.