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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 the hippie movement contributed a great deal to the style in which the story is told. The musical score, using ancient Italian melodies, was arranged by Donovan. The film is visually beautiful in a way which tends to minimize the squalor of the times. As the movie begins, Francis (Graham Faulkner) is the son of wealthy merchants, and enjoys his share of wine, women and song without serious thought. When war and disease devastate his neighborhood, Francis undergoes an anguished transformation which culminates in his appearing before the local bishop and removing his clothes to renounce his previous life and family before dedicating himself to God. The culminating dramatic moment is Francis' appearance before Pope Innocent III (Sir Alec Guinness), to make his case for an independent religious order under new rules. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lorenzo Mongiardino Best Art Direction 1973 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Carmelo Patrono Best Art Direction 1973 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gianni Quaranta Best Art Direction 1973 Nominee

Cast

Graham Faulkner
as Francesco
Judi Bowker
as Clare
Alec Guinness
as Pope Innocent III
Leigh Lawson
as Bernardo
Kenneth Cranham
as Paolo
Michael Feast
as Silvestro
Peter Firth
Michael York
Nicholas Willatt
as Giocondo
Valentina Cortese
as Pica Di Bernardone
Lee Montague
as Pietro Di Bernardone
John Sharp
as Bishop
Adolfo Celi
as Consul
Francesco Guerrieri
as Deodato
John Sharp
as Bishop
Nicholas Willatt
as Giocondo
Valentina Cortese
as Pica Di Bernardone
Lee Montague
as Pietro Di Bernardone
Adolfo Celi
as Consul

Crew

Franco Zeffirelli
Director
Luciano Perugia
Producer
Lina Wertmüller
Screenwriter
Kenneth Ross
Screenwriter
Suso Cecchi D'Amico
Screenwriter
Franco Zeffirelli
Screenwriter
Ennio Guarnieri
Cinematographer
Donovan
Composer (Music Score)
Ken Thorne
Musical Direction/Supervision
Reginald Hills
Editor
Lorenzo Mongiardino
Production Designer
Gianni Quaranta
Art Director
Carmelo Patrono
Set Designer
Carlo Cotti
First Assistant Director
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