Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Bilingual)
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It seemed like a good idea in 1973: a musical scored by Donovan about the life and times of St. Francis of Assisi, the passionate ascetic who expressed love for God by loving nature. But the finished product was something else. Filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli (Endless Love) makes a decorous effort at communicating the ideals of Francis and even tweaking the character toward flower-power relevance. But the result is feel-good fluff, a boring movie that doesn't penetrate its subject as much as reinvent him toward a modern bias. Graham Faulkner is entirely forgettable in the lead, and Donovan's songs on this project aren't exactly first-rate, either. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Yes, it is very clearly colored by the era when it was made - flower power and all that. But Franco Zefferelli delivers the kind of film we've come to expect from him. Every frame looks like a Renaissance painting. The faces are unique and wonderful; the Italian scenery is breathtaking.
Zefferelli is a little heavy-handed with visual imagery now and again - Francesco's death and rebirth symbolism, in particular. He also has Francesco move in slow motion when he wants to make sure that you get the point, and I find this mildly annoying. However, these shortcomings are more than eclipsed by the joyful innocence and power of the overall message.
Graham Faulkner and Judi Bowker are perfect for the roles they play, as are the members of the supporting cast.
Donovan's music, far from jarring when set into a medieval story, fits seamlessly. I wish it had been released on a CD; I'd buy it in a heartbeat. It's glorious and uplifting.
This is a gentle film, full of color and joy.
The movie represents, in my opinion, the true beauty of the Franciscan charism. The joy, simplicity and love that our Saint Francis embodied. I felt that Mr. Faulkner was an EXCELLENT choice for the lead role - he couldn't have been any closer to what I imagine Francis being. The director, Franco Zeffirelli, has done notable films ("Endless Love" NOT among his best). If you are a fan of the famous "Jesus of Nazareth", then I would suggest viewing this. In any case, this is a wonderful little film to get you acquainted with this timeless saint.
One bit of trivia - Sir Alec Guinness wanted to play the part of the Pope - as he had just converted to Catholicism not long before the making of this film. :-)
Hope this rudimentary review helped!
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bon service, pas encore visionné même si je l'ai déjà vu à la télé et au cinémaPublished 2 days ago by françois morrissette
I totally disagree with T. Keogh. It depends on whether you are a believer or non-believer and how much you know about history (the crusades) and holy scripture. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Roxana
This was a gift for someone and they were very happy with itPublished 13 months ago by Catherine Mann
This movie is a classic, the actors are amazing, the adaptation is great the only thing and it's a small thing but it could be enough to bother some people concerns some of the... Read morePublished on April 8 2011 by Annie Decary
Sometimes the world seems to forget about us. Sometimes things get going too fast. Sometimes we feel too lonely. Read morePublished on July 30 2010 by tmarkl
I first saw this film when my mother taped it from the T.V in 1991 and passed it to me.I and all my children watched it and watched it. Read morePublished on May 29 2006 by Sallybrown
It's a classic.
For the spiritually minded, it has a simple message.
I believe this movie is presented in a way that some just can't understand,... Read more
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