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Francis of Assisi



Francis, after having spent most of his youth carousing with his friends, experiences war first-hand and decides to radically change his life.

He embraces a life of poverty, causing a scandal by walking away from his paternal home. He’s convinced that the world can only be changed by turning pride into humility and selfishness into compassion.

Soon others follow him, preaching and living by the Franciscan Rule as approved by Pope Innocent III.

Among his followers we find Clare who goes on to establish a monastic religious order for women in the Franciscan tradition. Many are those who choose to follow him so Francis writes a new Rule completely inspired by the Gospels.

At the moment of his death, Francis asks to be placed on the ground, naked, before dying on October 4th, 1226.

Technical Specifications

year: 1966
screenplay: Tullio Pinelli, Liliana Cavani
historical consultant: Boris Ulianich
director: Liliana Cavani
assistant director: Rina Macrelli
sets and costumes: Ezio Frigerio
editing: Luciano Gigante
photography: Giuseppe Ruzzolini
sound: Nino Renda
music: Peppino De Luca
production organizer: Sergio lacobis
realisation: Clodio Cinematografica spa
producer: RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana
released by: RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana
origin: Italy
film: 16 mm (blown up to 35mm), black and white
lenght: 119 minutes

Selected for…

  • XXVII Venice Film Festival (“Sezione informativa”), 1966
  • IX Gran Premio Bergamo, 1966
  • “Premio Italia”, Palermo, 1966
  • Les Rencontres Internationales du Film pour la Jeunesse, 1967


Lou Castel (Francesco)
Giancarlo Sbragia (Pietro Bernardone)
Grazia Marescalchi (Pica)
Riccardo Cucciolla (Leone)
Ludmilla Lvova (Chiara)
Ken Belton (Innocent III)
Marco Bellocchio (Pietro di Stacia)
Giuseppe Campodifìori (Giovanni)
Teodoro Cicogna (Egidio)
Roberto Di Massimo (Guido)
Gerig Domain (Cardinal Colonna)
Marcello Formica (Gentiluccio)
Giampiero Frondini (Pietro Cattani)
Gerard Herter (Elia da Cortona)
Franco Marchesi (Corrado)
Oscar Mercurelli (Angelo)
Maurizio Tocchi (Masseo)
Gianni Turillazzi (Rufino)


  • “Noci d’oro”, 1966
  • “Labaro d’Oro”, Valladolid Film Festival (ex aequo with Akahige by Akira Kurosawa), 1967
  • “Prix Unda”, Montecarlo TV Festival, 1967