BROTHER SUN, SISTER MOON
THE STORY OF ST. FRANCIS
(These top 3 will be in their place in the chronology of the film)
For over 30 years I've wanted to capture pictures from this 1972 movie made by Franco Zeffirelli, who has the
eye of an artist. I've so often thought how many individual frames of this film could simply be framed and
hung on the wall. Zeffirelli had such a feel for human faces, for landscape, and so at last I've made my
captures and am putting them up here. Please feel free if you see any you might like to use in any way.
I intend to add a number to my background and screensaver files. It was in this film I first fell in love with
Tuscany. The entire thing is a love song to that land. And the town is San Gimignano, where I had part
of my second Marshall Sinclair sequel, Tuscan Byways, set, and they discuss this film at some length.
This is how you first see Francesco (Graham Faulkner) coming on foot out of the fog, deathly ill, trying to get home from the war.
The first time I saw these towers appearing in the fog, they almost seemed like New York city, not a small Italian hilltown.
Having just seen Les Miserables onscreen, this setting reminds me strongly of the main student one in that, with the rather Flatiron building
in the center between the narrow streets.
This is Pica, Francesco's French mother. What a face she has. (Played by Valentina Cortese)
In his delirium, Francesco is remembering the days before he and his friends went off to war.
This is Clare, who eventually founds the order of the Poor Clares.
Judi Bowker plays Clare.
More remembering going off to war in all its splendor and grand panoply.
She's singing a song to him that she sang when he was a little boy.
Hearing the bird on the balcony, he manages to leave his bed.
He is driven to hold the bird, but it flies away and he climbs over the railing to follow it.
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