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Special Events: Spring 2018
Francesco d’Assisi

April 1 at noon
East Building Auditorium

In the history of Italian cinema, narratives about Francis of Assisi occur with some regularity. In conjunction with the exhibition Heavenly Earth: Images of Saint Francis at La Verna, three divergent interpretations of his life and teachings are presented in sequence. In Francesco d’Assisi, Liliana Cavani opted to evoke the cultural milieu of the mid-1960s. A youthful rebel against corrupt institutions and worn-out hierarchies, Cavani’s Saint Francis (Lou Castel) eventually retires to La Verna where he receives the stigmata. (Cavani tackled the subject of Saint Francis again in her 1989 film Francesco). (Liliana Cavani, 1966, subtitles, 35mm, 126 minutes)

courtesy Photofest

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