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Vatican’s Greatest Films #10: Francesco

The film Francesco is an Italian film production which portrays the life of St. Francis of Assisi. Film director Liliana Cavani  depicts St. Francis as a spiritual agitator challenging the accepted values of his 13th-century contemporaries by embracing a life of utter poverty and simplicity.

Francesco


Francesco
 was released in 1989 it is a sort of docu-drama which depicts the life of St. Francis of Assisi transformation from a rich man’s son to a poor humble religious servant for God. In the video clip above we see when St.Francis receives the stigmata, the wounds that Christ suffered at the crucifixion. This is a powerful scene and shows the true love Saint Francis of Assisi had for God. Francesco  won three awards and was nominated for a fourth. Danilo Donati won the 1989 David di Donatello Award for Best Production Design, and the 1989 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Silver Ribbon also for Best Production Design. Fabio Bussotti won the Syndicate’s Best Supporting Actor Award. Director Liliana Cavani was nominated for the Golden Palm at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.

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USCCB & MPAA Ratings

  • US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
    • A-III:     Adults
  • Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
    • PG-13:  Parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for
      children under 13

What Do You Think?
-Have you seen this film?
-Did this film help you better understand who St.Francis was?
-Should the director have cut out the brief nudity in order for a wider audience to watch (children)?

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