With a panoramic view of the city with the countryside in the background, the documentary approaches the urban area by framing the basilica, while the path of a monk with the torch seems to drive the camera up to the crypt of St. Francis. A narrator tells the story of the saint, of St Clare and of the orders by them founded. The images then create a sort of stroll in front of the art of Giotto and Cimabue. A procession of monks with the candles are the only human elements that stand out in the representation of the city and its architecture.
The story of a lusty, fighting young adventurer who exchanged his sword for a cross
Assisi, home of the radiant figure of St. Francis, has been famous down the centuries for its profoundly spiritual atmosphere; in almost every corner of this Umbrian town we breathe the purest Franciscan spirit, which seems to emanate from the splendid Basilica.
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.
This film sheds light on the role of the Catholic Church and the people of Assisi in rescuing Italian Jews from the Nazis in 1943.
Part of the series of Travel Songs by Jonas Mekas
It was the age of knights and kings, when honor belonged to the heroes and glory was found in the battle field. There lived a brave young man named Francis, who wish was to become a mighty warrior and conquer a magnificent castle. One day Francis felt a calling to greater glory. God had vested upon him a very special mission that would require a supreme act of courage. For the love of God, his King, Francis gave up all that he had and joyfully embarked upon the most exciting and unexpected adventure. FRANCIS: THE KNIGHT OF ASSISI is the remarkable story of the founder of the Order of Minor Friars and inspiration of three Franciscan orders.
In this unique film, viewers are given a guided tour of the town of Assisi by Saint Francis himself. St. Francis' "narration" is rendered by Christopher Jones. The tour visits all the sites in Assisi that played a significant role in the life of Saint Francis. Assisi's spiritual and mystical dimension, and its artistic and cultural heritage are explored, including its winding medieval streets, its squares, and its festivals.
Pamela Mason Wagner produced this in-depth look at the life of Saint Francis, whose legacy lives on in the hearts of countless Catholics. Set in his native Umbria, Italy, the film details the events and influences that made him who he was. Known as everything from a soldier to a businessman to a nature enthusiast, Saint Francis was much more than that. Actor Liev Schreiber narrates and Robert Sean Leonard provides Francis's voice.