Francis of Assisi (film)
|Francis of Assisi|
|Directed by||Michael Curtiz|
|Produced by||Plato A. Skouras|
|Written by||Louis De Wohl (novel)|
|Screenplay by||Eugene Vale
Jack W. Thomas
|Based on||The Joyful Beggar|
|Music by||Mario Nascimbene|
|Edited by||Louis R. Loeffler|
|Distributed by||Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation|
|Box office||$1.8 million (US/ Canada)|
Francis of Assisi is a 1961 DeLuxe CinemaScope film directed by Michael Curtiz, based on the novel The Joyful Beggar by Louis de Wohl. It was shot entirely in Italy. The film was a box office loss. It starred Bradford Dillman in one of his few sympathetic leading film roles (he usually played a villainous character onscreen, despite having originated the role of Jamie in the original stage version of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night in 1956).
Two years after the release of Francis of Assisi, Dolores Hart, the 24-year-old actress who plays St. Clare in the film, became a real-life Roman Catholic nun at the Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut.
Francis Bernardone (Bradford Dillman) is the son of a wealthy cloth merchant in Assisi, who gives up all his worldly goods to dedicate himself to God. Clare (Dolores Hart) is a young aristocratic woman who, according to the film, is so taken with St. Francis that she leaves her family and becomes a nun. By this time (1212 A.D.), St. Francis has a well-established reputation for his vows of poverty. The movie goes on to note miracles (such as the appearance of the stigmata on Francis's hands and feet) and other aspects of his life, up to and including his death on October 3, 1226. The funeral befitted a man loved by man and beast alike, and ended with the birds he loved doing a flyby.
- Bradford Dillman as Francis Bernardone of Assisi
- Dolores Hart as Clare
- Stuart Whitman as Count Paolo of Vandria
- Cecil Kellaway as Cardinal Hugolino
- Eduard Franz as Pietro Bernardone
- Athene Seyler as Aunt Buona
- Finlay Currie as The Pope
- Mervyn Johns as Brother Juniper
- Russell Napier as Brother Elias
- John Welsh as Canon Cattanei
- Harold Goldblatt as Bernard
- Edith Sharpe as Donna Pica
- Jack Lambert as Scefi
- Oliver Johnston as Father Livoni
- Malcolm Keen as Bishop Guido
- Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p253
- Solomon p 228. Please note figures are rentals.
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