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Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Fratello Sole, Sorella Luna) is a biopic of the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Francesco Bernardone (Graham Faulkner), the eldest son of a wealthy textile merchant, returns home after war, ill and sick with fever brought on by injuries which subsequently led to his dismissal from the war. While suffering, Francesco finds himself repenting his early years as an arrogant youth and discovers God. When he is well again, he makes a promise to renounce his former lifestyle and devote himself to Christ.

His father, Paolo, (Kenneth Cranham)is deeply unnerved by his son's sudden transformation and, in an attempt to reclaim the boy he knew, names Francesco as his financial and business successor. Against the wishes of his family, Francesco publicly rejects the family business and wealth, which leads to his expulsion from his town. Before he leaves, he renounces his family name.

Naked and free of his privileged life, Francesco comes upon the ruins of the chapel of San Damiano. Overcome, he hears the command of God to restore the chapel to its former glory. His task gains him a small following, much to the dismay and consternation of the local Bishop. Francesco is joined by his old friend Bernardo back from the Crusade, Silvestro and Giocondo, two locals who have come to admire Francesco's devotion to the Lord, and Clara, a wealthy young heiress who cares for the lepers of her community.

Determined to end the threat that Francesco poses over their power in the village, local nobles, including the bishop, do everything in their cumulative power to usurp Francesco's presence, going as far as to set fire to the newly restored chapel.

Undeterred, and faithful in his mission, Francesco travels to the Vatican to seek guidance from the Pope, but becomes disillusioned when he sees that even there, greed and lust have taken hold of the Holy Church.

| 1972 | 2 hr 2 min | 7.2/10
Graham Faulkner, Judi Bowker, Leigh Lawson, Kenneth Cranham
Paramount Pictures
Franco Zeffirelli

Also starring Judi Bowker

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