DVD Brother Sun, Sister Moon [DVD] [Region 1] (DVD 16446855),
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Brother Sun, Sister Moon [DVD] [Region 1]

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Conceived and executed in much the same visual manner as his ultra-popular
    ROMEO AND JULIET (1968), Franco Zeffirelli's BROTHER SUN SISTER MOON attempts to draw parallels between the work and philosophy of St. Francis
    and the ideology that underpinned the worldwide hippie movement throughout
    the 1960s and early '70s. Zeffirelli's signature lush photography and use of
    real architecture and settings enhances the story of this great historical
    figure, played by young British newcomer Graham Faulkner.

    Francesco, the spoiled son of a wealthy merchant, renounces all his worldly
    possessions to live a simple life as a man of God. Much to the dismay of the local bishop, he gradually gains a large following. The cinematography, editing, and a romantic soundtrack by the Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan, reinforce the healing and influential effect St. Francis had on his followers. The script contrasts Francis's piety and virtue with the bloated pomp of official Church doctrine, which is weighed down by internal politics. The film derives much of its strength from Faulkner as the young, battle-scarred nobleman laid low by his wartime experiences, who emerges from the horrors of conflict with a completely new and spiritual outlook
    on life. The film features a cast of gifted newcomers and screen veterans, including Judi Bowker (one of the most beautiful actresses of her generation), Leigh Lawson, Kenneth Cranham, Valentina Cortese, and Alec Guinness. With its distinctly counter-cultural feel, this unique film deserves to be treasured for its message of love and its cinematic beauty.
  • Credits
    Graham Faulkner, Judi Bowker, Leigh Lawson, Alec Guinness, Alec Guinness, Kenneth Cranham, Lee Montague, Valentina Cortese, Valentina Cortesa, Michael Feast, John Sharp, Peter Firth
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