Brother Sun Sister Moon
5 Brother Sun Sister Moon
This is the movie poster for the film Brother Sun Sister Moon (1973), which was directed by Franco Zeffirelli. He made another of my all-time favourite films, the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet.
To tell you the truth (unlike Romeo and Juliet), Brother Sun Sister Moon probably isn’t an especially good film (although it is very moving). But it introduced me, as a child, to St Francis of Assisi, who is my biggest hero, and his friend St Claire, and I love it because of that and because it is so beautiful to look at, and because it seems to bring with it the very air of the early 70s, as if you could somehow trap it in a magic bottle. The film is very simple and spare, and is full of meadows and wildflowers. It even has a folk soundtrack by Donovan, the flower-power king! And everyone has long hair — until they cut it off to become a nun. I had this poster on my wall in my writing room back in Sydney, and now I have a bigger one in our house in Melbourne, and whenever I look at it I am ten years old again, rehearsing for ballet concerts, growing and growing and growing my long hair, and reading the Narnia books for the first time.
Is there a movie from your childhood that you still love?