Cinema: Quick Cuts

"BROTHER SUN, SISTER MOON, I seldom see you, seldom hear your tune," warbles Donovan, the unseen balladeer whom Franco Zeffirelli has enlisted to lend a whiff of flower power to this over ripe version of the life of St. Francis of Assisi. Zeffirelli's work looks like a Sun day-school coloring book: everything is glowingly photogenic, including poverty, and leprosy. His St. Francis (Graham Faulkner) is a dewy, light-stepping youth who recruits the young men of Assisi the way a rock singer might round up a band. Their rebellion against the opulent hypocrisy they see in the Roman Catholic Church is to...

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