Brother Sun, Sister Moon

Brother Sun, Sister Moon

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Director: Franco Zeffirelli

Cast: Franco Zeffirelli, Graham Faulkner, Judi Bowker, Alec Guinness

     
 

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Franco Zeffirelli's audacious screen adaptation of the life of St. Francis of Assisi has been given a simple but caring DVD release. Brother Sun, Sister Moon has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1; the image has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered inSee more details below

Overview

Franco Zeffirelli's audacious screen adaptation of the life of St. Francis of Assisi has been given a simple but caring DVD release. Brother Sun, Sister Moon has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1; the image has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, and viewers may choose between the original English-language soundtrack and a dubbed version in French. Optional English-language subtitles are also included. No additional bonus materials appear on this edition.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Stunning visual metaphors irradiate this 1972 production about a man who gave up everything -- wealth, rank, and the pleasures of the flesh -- to wear rags, beg food, and seek God in a leper or a field of flowers. More a poem than a biography, the film exalts Francis of Assisi's spirit and message while ignoring the complexity of his personality. For this reason, critics who reviewed the film after its debut sometimes traduced it as pretty fluff, lacking substance. However, as a cinematographic poem, the film succeeds brilliantly, juxtaposing symbols of worldly riches -- silks, jewels, and scepters of power -- with symbols of spiritual riches -- shoeless friars chanting for joy, a meadow aflame with Umbrian colors, and a trusting sparrow perching on the hand of Francis. In one memorable scene, Francis strips bare before the steps of a cathedral while townspeople and splendidly robed churchmen look on in bemusement. It is director Franco Zeffirelli's way of demonstrating the depth of Francis' commitment to unadorned devotion to God. It is true that Zeffirelli trains his lens on Francis the Simple rather than Francis the Complex, the soldier, writer, mystic, reformer, traveler, and dynamic leader who engineered a revolution in religious thought. But probing psychoanalysis would be out of place in this film. It is like a song, not unlike the one Francis himself wrote in 1225: "Praise to thee, my Lord, for all thy creatures -- above all Brother Sun Who brings us the day and lends us his light." Graham Faulkner is convincing as the boyish, almost childlike, Francis. And Alec Guinness is superb as Pope Innocent III, a role he lobbied for before converting to Catholicism.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/09/2004
UPC:
0097360809848
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
2:01:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs; English subtitles; Dolby Digital English mono; Dolby Digital French mono

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Graham Faulkner Francesco
Judi Bowker Clare
Alec Guinness Pope Innocent III
Leigh Lawson Bernardo
Kenneth Cranham Paolo
Michael Feast Silvestro
Peter Firth Actor
Michael York Actor
Nicholas Willatt Giocondo
Valentina Cortese Pica Di Bernardone
Lee Montague Pietro Di Bernardone
John Sharp Bishop
Adolfo Celi Consul
Francesco Guerrieri Deodato

Technical Credits
Franco Zeffirelli Director,Screenwriter
Carlo Cotti Asst. Director
Suso Cecchi D'Amico Screenwriter
Donovan Score Composer
Ennio Guarnieri Cinematographer
Reginald Hills Editor
Lorenzo Mongiardino Production Designer
Carmelo Patrono Set Decoration/Design
Luciano Perugia Producer
Gianni Quaranta Art Director
Kenneth Ross Screenwriter
John Rushton Editor
Ken Thorne Musical Direction/Supervision
Lina Wertmüller Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
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]

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