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- Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Hermano Sol, Hermana Luna) [NTSC/REGION 4 DVD. Import-Latin America] by Franco Zeffirelli (Spanish subtitles)


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Editorial Reviews

LA PELÍCULA DEL DIRECTOR FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI 'HERMANO SOL, HERMANA LUNA' SE ENFOCA EN LOS PRIMEROS AÑOS DE SAN FRANCISCO DE ASÍS.

ÉL BUSCÓ LA COMUNIÓN CON EL MUNDO NATURAL AL RENUNCIAR A LAS RIQUEZAS DE SU FAMILIA Y BUSCAR SU PROPIO DESTINO SIN RESPONSABILIDADES NI ATADURAS MATERIALES. FRANCISCO FUE, EN CUALQUIER CASO, EL PRIMERO EN LA HISTORIA EN ABANDONAR LOS CÁNONES PREESTABLECIDOS: ÉL DEJÓ UNA VIDA DE COMODIDADES PARA BUSCAR LA UNIÓN ESPIRITUAL CON EL MUNDO.

'HERMANO SOL, HERMANA LUNA' ES UNA EXPERIENCIA CINEMATOGRÁFICA POCO COMÚN YA QUE ES GRATIFICANTE Y RELEVANTE. ESTA PELÍCULA NOMINADA AL PREMIO DE LA ACADEMIA TAMBIÉN FUE CO-ESCRITA POR ZEFFIRELLI (ROMEO Y JULLIET, JAN EYRE) Y LINA WERTMÜLLER (SEVEN BEAUTIES, SWEPT HAWAI).

Product Details

  • Actors: Graham Faulkner, Judi Bowker
  • Directors: Franco Zeffirelli
  • Format: DVD, Digital Sound, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 4 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (432 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0027SI7O4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,441 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

This is a very good movie and has some really good music.
Ellen V Tucker
Director Zeffirelli has combined beautiful artistic elements and fine story telling to make a very enjoyable film.
trifle
It's a story of one man's vision of the "Life of Christ" and his commitment to living that vision to its fullest.
Brian E. Erland

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483 of 493 people found the following review helpful By Claudia McKinney on January 21, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I am a member of the Franciscan Third Order and fell in love with this movie back when I was only 13. (I'm now 34) This movie is definitely a product of the 60's - but the message is timeless. I feel badly that the review by Amazon was so discouraging. I would not want anyone to read that and make a judgement.
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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292 of 299 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Y. Graybeal on December 6, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
After two weeks and four viewings of this simple but surprisingly rich and powerfully moving film about the early life of St. Francis of Assisi, its stirring music lingers in my ears, its hopeful message still aflame within my heart.
How does one rate movies? I choose five main categories: the filming, characters, musical score, development, and theme. All elements are related, so I conclude with overall remarks.
I see this film as primarily a religious one, with heavy emphasis upon personal development. Thus, I was pleased to see effective focus of the camera upon the facial expressions of the characters. For example, the eyes of Alec Guinness's Pope Innocent III clearly show me his great warmth and concern for young Francis as he asks the Holy See for his advice. Francis's eyes likewise convey his deep humility and sincerity. Pietro, ripping his bread from his jaws as he eats, reveals his fury raging uncontrollably. The filming also glorifies the fabulous scenery of Italy and the majestic colors of spring.
As for characters, the main question I always have is, are they believable? Can we identify with them? Even with Faulkner's Francis, to a certain extent (he was a saint, after all), I say yes. That he seems to have been "bought out" by Paulo at the papal court shows his human nature. Giocondo's reluctantly joining Francis and Bernardo, perhaps weighing contingencies, is not unlike what I might have done in his shoes.
The music? It was 1972, so Donovan was a good choice, but his score fitted well with one of Francis's life themes: simplicity. Francis's real-life musicians would likewise have sounded imperfect, which made the film more real for me. The instrumental music is breathtaking, sweet and stirring to the bone marrow.
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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
How refreshing it is to see Brother Sun, Sister Moon once again, twenty-six years since the film's original release! In our world of today, when it seems that the only fare available on the big screen contains an overabundance of violence, brashness and materialism; it is still a joy to behold this bright, outstanding and enlightening montage of Franco Zeffirelli's homage to St. Francis of Assisi, even though only on video. With beautiful, colorful cinematography of actual locations; augmented by fine performances and a skillful scenario which is enhanced by Donovan's music of the kinder and gentler times of the Flower Child/Hippie era, this production is a wondrous blend which totally works in celebrating the life of a mystical man who worshipped the Creator through nature. Graham Faulkner's portrayal of St. Francis is sensitive and moving; running the gamut from madness to spiritual ecstacy to the realization of the virtues of simplicity. The young actor's sterling performance from 1973 is one which will always be remembered through this film. My only regret about the production is the fact that Donovan's music was never released as an audial soundtrack recording. Certainly, the original music is reminiscent of the Flower Child era; with lyrics that are beautifully melded, in some instances, with actual words of the First Franciscan, but what better music would be so perfectly representative of the Peace and Love which St. Francis practiced? I would certainly like to have a recording of this score to play in my automobile, if only to create a sense of serenity while driving in the rude and mean-spirited traffic of Los Angeles
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Brian E. Erland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 22, 2005
Format: DVD
I first saw this movie in 1976 and immediately fell in love with it. Now some twenty-nine years later I can honestly say it hasn't lost much of its initial impact on me. While I won't go so far as to say that it played a part in my conversion to Catholicism, I will say that it provided me with a 'divine ideal' of what being Catholic should be about.

While it's true that the sixties hippie movement was a little too influential in Franco Zeffirelli's re-imagining of the young, nature loving saint, it doesn't take too much effort to simply acknowledge those cultural elements and move past them. Of course the Donovan music in the soundtrack may make it a little difficult for some.

Another often heard complaint concerns a number of historical inaccuracies within the script. I'd like to point out that the main function of a movie is to entertain. I don't know of any movie based on a real person or true event that is completely accurate. When you watch a movie a certain amount of artistic freedom with the storyline should be a given.

What we do have in 'Brother Sun, Sister Moon' is a film of overpowering innocence and spiritual purity. It's a story of one man's vision of the "Life of Christ" and his commitment to living that vision to its fullest. Coupled with some of the most amazing scenic footage of the Italian countryside you'll ever see Zefirelli has given us not only a moving spiritual document but a visual feast not soon to be forgotten.

Praise should also be given to a young cast, most of whom I've never seen in anything else. Graham Faulkner "is" Saint Francis as far as I'm concerned. Leigh Lawson was superb as his best friend Bernardo, as was Judi Bowker as the lovely Clare.
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