Francis of Assisi

Francis of Assisi (1966)

  • Genre: History, Drama
  • Release Date: 1966-09-01
  • User Rating: 5.8/10 from 4 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 14min
  • Language: Italiano
  • Production Country: Italy
  • Director: Liliana Cavani
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Cavani made her first full-length feature film in 1966 with Francis of Assisi (Francesco d'Assisi). Made for television and aired in two parts, it was deeply influenced by the style of Rossellini and the atmosphere typical of the films of Pasolini. Made in a period of political unrest, it was to become a kind of manifesto of dissenting Catholicism. Starring Lou Castel, it portrays Francis of Assisi as a slightly depressed protestor and an avid, albeit mad, supporter of armed brotherhood. The ideal defender of the 1968 student movement. The film was a great success, but also triggered many negative reactions. It was called "heretical, blasphemous and offensive for the faith of the Italian people". It was the first of many polemical reactions to Cavani's work.

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  • Lou Castel

    as Francesco d'Assisi
  • Giancarlo Sbragia

    as Pietro Bernardone
  • Maria Grazia Marescalchi

    as Pica Bernardone
  • Mino Bellei

    as Fra' Bernardo
  • Marcello Formica

    as Capitano di ventura
  • Roberto Di Massimo

    as Guido
  • Giampiero Fondini

    as Pietro Cattani
  • Gerig Domain

    as Vescovo di Assisi
  • John Karlsen

  • Gianni Turillazzi

    as Rufino
  • Marco Bellocchio

    as Pietro di Stacia
  • Kenneth Belton

    as Papa Innocenzo III
  • Riccardo Bernardini

    as Fra' Silvestro
  • Giuseppe Campodifiori

    as Fra' Giovanni
  • Riccardo Cucciolla

    as Fra' Leone
  • Ludmila Lvova

    as Chiara
Camera Giuseppe Ruzzolini Director of Photography
Writing Tullio Pinelli Screenplay
Art Virgilio Marchi Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Ezio Frigerio Costume Design
Production Leo Pescarolo Producer
Writing Liliana Cavani Screenplay
Directing Liliana Cavani Director
Sound Peppino De Luca Original Music Composer
Sound Peppino De Luca Music
Editing Luciano Gigante Editor