Brother Sun, Sister Moon
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St. Francis of Assisi was an extraordinarily complex and difficult figure whose effect on his contemporary society was electrifying. Even today, many people are moved by his visionary message of universal toleration. Twelfth-century Italy had an exceptionally grim and regimented society, but the barefoot monk from Assisi undoubtedly had the courage that comes from deep faith and was able to transcend the oppressiveness of the time. In this Italian/British-produced film, director Franco Zeffirelli attempts to bring his vision of this great man to the screen. The contemporary (1970s) example of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In Zeffirelli's visually beautiful tale, the hero is perceived as a prototype hippie, and so the music is by Donovan."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. Just about any frame of the film, blown up, could make a beautiful poster for the film."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
"Way overwrought Zeffirelli work, pretty much lost since its debut in 1973."
‑ Steve Crum,
"beautiful and nicely framed photography from northern Italy...not enough to overcome an inane script, inept acting, and Donovan's syrupy music"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"The most serious problem with this film is its softness, that sentimentality Zeffirelli is often accused of."
‑ Ron Reed, Christianity Today
"Presents an inspiring and edifying portrait of St. Francis's spiritual practice of devotion and his humble life of service."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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