Brother Sun, Sister Moon

  1.  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 Moon
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    Theatrical release poster
    Directed by Franco Zeffirelli
    Written by Suso Cecchi d’Amico
    Kenneth Ross
    Starring Graham Faulkner
    Judi Bowker
    Music by Riz Ortolani
    Donovan (songs)
    Cinematography Ennio Guarnieri
    Edited by Reginald Mills
    Distributed by Paramount Pictures (USA),Cinema International Corporation (non-U.S.A.)
    Release dates
    • 2 December 1972
    Running time
    135 /122 min.
    Country Italy / United Kingdom
    Language English
    Box office $1,200,000 (US/ Canada rentals)[1]
    A medieval Italian wastrel (Graham Faulkner) becomes Francis of Assisi, founder of an order under Pope Innocent III (Alec Guinness).

By Brian E. Erland

. . . . .  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.

By Daniel Y. Graybeal

. . . .  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. . . .

4 thoughts on “Brother Sun, Sister Moon

  1. What a pity we missed that one. That is a very good movie.
    We went to bed early last night at 10pm. Today a big day as we are meeting the doctor in Liverpool this afternoon to get results of Helvi’s bone marrow test taken a few weeks ago.
    The doctor is one of the best specialists and is very busy working even on Easter Saturday.

    1. We hope the news for Helvi was good.
      The movie was actually shown on ABC (not SBS as I said) from 1pm to 3pm. I think it was a special treat for Good Friday! Sorry you missed it. From 3 pm on another movie was shown on ABC: Jesus Christ Superstar!
      Peter did drive to the local shopping centre early this morning. He had no problems with his eyesight despite the rain. We’re happy that this worked out well. 🙂

    1. Wir haben zur Zeit sehr viel Regen, liebe Gislinde. Wenn wir Glück haben, wird am Sonntag vielleicht die Sonne etwas herauskommen.
      Wünsche dir noch recht schöne Ostertage mit deiner Familie!
      Love, Uta 🙂

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