Francis of Assisi

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  • G
  • 1961
  • 1 hr 45 min
  • 6.3  (1,098)

The 1961 biographical film, Francis of Assisi, tells the story of the titular saint and his journey towards becoming one of the most beloved and influential figures in Christian history. Directed by Michael Curtiz, the film stars Bradford Dillman as Francis, Dolores Hart as Clare, and Stuart Whitman as Count Paolo. The film opens with Francis as a wealthy, carefree young man, enjoying the company of his friends and participating in the war efforts of his town. However, after a battle leaves him seriously injured, Francis experiences a spiritual awakening and begins to question the path he has been on. He decides to give up his worldly possessions and dedicate his life to serving God.

Throughout the film, we see Francis traveling the countryside, preaching to the poor and needy, and gathering a group of followers who share his ideals. He is met with both adoration and skepticism from the people he encounters, but he remains steadfast in his beliefs and teachings. He even travels to Rome to seek the approval of the Pope for his newly-formed religious order, the Franciscans.

Along the way, Francis meets Clare, a young woman who shares his devotion to God and desire to live a life of poverty and service. The two develop a deep bond and become close friends, inspiring each other to continue on their respective paths.

The film also explores the political and social turmoil of the time, as Francis and his followers navigate their way through conflicts with the church and encounters with corrupt officials. Francis remains a resolute and peaceful presence throughout, always turning towards his faith and his belief in the inherent goodness of humanity.

The performances in the film are strong, with Dillman bringing a quiet intensity and humility to the role of Francis. Hart is equally strong as the devout and selfless Clare, while Whitman brings a touch of humor and charm as the skeptical Count Paolo.

The film's cinematography is also worth noting, with stunning scenes of the Italian countryside and striking imagery of Francis and his followers as they roam from town to town.

Overall, Francis of Assisi is a moving tribute to a revered figure in Christian history. It offers a thoughtful and nuanced portrayal of Francis and the challenges he faced in his quest to live a life of service and devotion. A must-see for anyone interested in history, religion, or the human spirit.

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    6.3  (1,098)