Synopsis: The life of St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) as related by followers who gather after his death to tell stories so that Leone can record them: a privileged and virile youth, a prisoner of war, an heir who turns away from his father and gives all to the poor, a beggar for others, and an inspiration to friends who accept the Gospels' life of poverty. He seeks the Pope's blessing, and he endures persecution at the hands of the family of Chiara Offreduccio (1194-1253), who becomes St. Clare. Many join the order he has established and then rebel at his expectations. In near despair - and ill - he writes a Rule to take to the Pope; then, the Lord sends him a message. He dies smiling.
Director(s): Liliana Cavani
Production: Simitar
  5 wins & 4 nominations.
119 min

She never goes out anymore...

she won't come.

Yes, she will

She'll come! I know my cousin well...

All of them are beautiful

I'm just making one with onyx.

- Have you got more?

This one.

Look, this is like the one my

grandmother gave me

and I gave it to my sister Margherita

on her wedding day. Do you remember

Yes, I remember.

- Beautiful. Do you like it?

Yes I do.

With two kind of gold. Chiara?

The sight of him filled my existence

from the time I was a little girl;

He was always elegant and kind.

He had very beautiful hands.

And lots of money. His father was

crazy about him.

He wanted his son to be a gentleman

and he was serious about it.

His father planned to turn all of his

business interest over to him

And they were numerous. I well know,

I was his advocate.

It comes from France, it's good.

This time you bought in grand style.

It was my son's doing. "Buy this for

the ladies and that for damsels...

French fashion!" Careful!

That stuff is delicate.

This year I have things to satisfy

every taste. No my purse is empty.

We'll have to go over some account.

And this?

- That's special... upstairs'.

And what is the French fashion?

It's velvet with gold embroidery.

I recommend it. It raises the spirits.

Les gaufrettes!

Room for me!

- No, you dirty my water!

It's wonderful!

- You think you left so clean?

Flanders lace!

I bought it for you...

He grumbled, of course...

That's not true! I paid, didn't I?

- Thank you!

You tell him, too, that he can stay home.

We do our share, in any case.

If I have to leave in this city I have to

take the bad and the good weather.

Let the nobles deal with it.

For once you can take the advantage

of not being one of them.

But you with you were one of them

and they are fighting.

That's all they know how to do.

Perugia will win. You can bet on that.

They are better armed and more ferocious.


- Aren't you going to eat?

I have finished. They're waiting.

- Just a moment...

But you have hardly eaten a thing.

Now at least have some wafers.

Ah, you made them!

Something for you.

Give it to me!

- No, to me!

I want it!

- Give it to me, to me!

Should I write those things?

- Yes, write them.

You could have bet one thing: he would

have become a great businessman.

Less cautious than his father, but

more alert to trends.

His father had a craze, he really

wanted to become a noble.

Not really, his craze was his son.

Events came to a head...

It was a ferocious war

and ended in slaughter...

As I foreseen, Perugia won

and Assisi lost her finest youth...

For days no one knew who was dead

and who had remained alive...

Give them everything they ask.

We know the jails.

It's impossible to survive in there.

All right, let me think about it.

- No...

There are other prisoners from Assisi.

At least forty, it seems.

it would be best to negotiate

a general ransom.

No! No!

- That's how it's usually done!

No, I want separate negotiations, just

for my son! Even if it costs more.

You can't ruin yourself however.

- First let's hear their demands.

Everything. Give them everything.

Everything that's necessary.

Of course. But keep calm. Tonight

nothing can be done. Am I right?

Nobles, out! Nobles, out!

Come on, hurry up.

Out of the way!

Stand back! You're not a noble!

They're being slaughtered. Because

no one has come to claim them.

Keep moving! Move!

- There's nothing you can do.

Perugia is faithful to the Church

They come from the North and they

proclaim themselves messenger of justice.

But they spread only

hatred and revolt!

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Liliana Cavani

Liliana Cavani (born 12 January 1933) is an Italian film director and screenwriter. She belongs to a generation of Italian filmmakers from Emilia-Romagna that came into prominence in the 1970s, including Bernardo Bertolucci, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Marco Bellocchio. Cavani became internationally known after the success of her 1974 feature film Il portiere di notte (The Night Porter). Her films are intellectual and have historical concerns. In addition to feature films and documentaries, she has also directed opera. more…

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