Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Fratello sole, sorella luna) (1972)


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Évocation de la vie de Saint François d'Assise. Fils de commerçant, le jeune François part combattre pour défendre Assise et revient transformé et blessé. Une fois rétabli, il voue son existence à Dieu et à l'amour de son prochain et décide de vivre dans la pauvreté. Aux côtés de Claire, il prêche la parole de Dieu. Reçu par le Pape, celui-ci lui accorde la permission de fonder son ordre monastique.

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Graham Faulkner
as Saint François d'Assise
Valentina Cortese
as Pica Di Bernardone
Leigh Lawson
as Bernardo
Alec Guinness
as Pope Innocent III
Lee Montague
as Pietro Di Bernardone
John Sharp
as Bishop
Michael Feast
as Silvestro
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Critic Reviews for Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Fratello sole, sorella luna)

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6)

Soft-focus spiritual gunk.

Mar 11, 2015 | Full Review…

Zeffirelli's work looks like a Sunday-school coloring book: everything is glowingly photogenic, including poverty, and leprosy.

Mar 11, 2015 | Full Review…

Franco Zeffirelli has utilized a style of simple elegance, befitting both the period and the subject.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
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Avoid at all costs.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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Zeffirelli has made a big, absurd doodad, a movie that confuses simplicity with simple-mindedness and that makes saintliness look like an extreme form of Asian flu.

May 9, 2005

Brother Sun, Sister Moon is a big, limp Valentine of a movie, filled with an excess of sweetness and light. What a shame.

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Fratello sole, sorella luna)


Well meaning (hey, it's about a saint!) but ultimately deeply flawed telling of St.Francis done up as a 60's counterculture agent provacateur. Only missing, hey wait, it's here too, a Donovon soundtrack. Peace. love. flowers and God, man. And uber long, too. A great sleep aid.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Stunning visual metaphors, more a poem than a biography, succeeding brilliantly in juxtaposing symbols of worldly riches with those of spiritual riches. Graham Faulkner is convincing with Alec Guinness superb.

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hawk ledge

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This is the MOST aesthetically beautiful movie I've EVER seen from the scenery shots to the actors -- Zeffierelli's FINEST -- Even better than Romeo and Juliet which came out immediately before this -- Alec Guiness turns in a WONDERFUL Pope and the other acting is stupendous -- The music was done by Donovan -- People my age will remember him from the 60's and 70's -- I just can't say enough good about this movie!

Tom Ericksen
Tom Ericksen

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