Peter and I saw this movie on SBS on Good Friday. We very much liked the music and the beautiful Italian scenery. Here I copy some of the reviews I found in Google.
Brother Sun, Sister MoonTheatrical release poster Directed by Franco Zeffirelli Written by Suso Cecchi d’Amico
Starring Graham Faulkner
Music by Riz Ortolani
Cinematography Ennio Guarnieri Edited by Reginald Mills Distributed by Paramount Pictures (USA),Cinema International Corporation (non-U.S.A.)Release dates
- 2 December 1972
135 /122 min. Country Italy / United Kingdom Language English Box office $1,200,000 (US/ Canada rentals)A medieval Italian wastrel (Graham Faulkner) becomes Francis of Assisi, founder of an order under Pope Innocent III (Alec Guinness).
. . . . . What we do have in ‘Brother Sun, Sister Moon’ is a film of overpowering innocence and spiritual purity. It’s a story of one man’s vision of the “Life of Christ” and his commitment to living that vision to its fullest. Coupled with some of the most amazing scenic footage of the Italian countryside you’ll ever see Zefirelli has given us not only a moving spiritual document but a visual feast not soon to be forgotten.
Praise should also be given to a young cast, most of whom I’ve never seen in anything else. Graham Faulkner “is” Saint Francis as far as I’m concerned. Leigh Lawson was superb as his best friend Bernardo, as was Judi Bowker as the lovely Clare.
. . . . I was pleased to see effective focus of the camera upon the facial expressions of the characters. For example, the eyes of Alec Guinness’s Pope Innocent III clearly show me his great warmth and concern for young Francis as he asks the Holy See for his advice. Francis’s eyes likewise convey his deep humility and sincerity. Pietro, ripping his bread from his jaws as he eats, reveals his fury raging uncontrollably. The filming also glorifies the fabulous scenery of Italy. . . .