Blu-ray, DVD Release: Francesco

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 1, 2015
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $34.95
Studio: Film Movement


The 1989 film Francesco on the life of St. Francis stars Mickey Rourke (Immortals) and is directed by by acclaimed Italian auteur Liliana Cavani (The Night Porter).

Mickey Rourke is Francesco

Mickey Rourke is Francesco

Based on Herman Hesse’s Francis of Assisi, the period drama depicts the life of the iconic and influential Saint Francis and the rise of the Franciscan order that he founded. Mourning his death, Francis’ devoted followers recall episodes from the saint’s life and charts his transformation from the pampered son of an aristocrat into a selfless man of faith devoted wholly to a life of apostolic poverty.

Helena Bonham Carter (Burton and Taylor) co-stars as Saint Clare, Francis’ spiritual inspiration and disciple, and composer Vangelis (Chariots of Fire) is onboard with the soundtrack.

Featuring a new 2K digital restoration supervised by Cavani, Francesco was included as one of 15 “Religion” movies in Pope John Paul II’s Pontifical Council for Social Communications list of “Some Important Films” – better known as the Vatican Film List – created in 1995 for the 100th Anniversary of Cinema.

The DVD and Blu-ray include the following features:
-Excerpts from the Cannes Film Festival press conference
-Collector’s Booklet with a forward by director Liliana Cavani
-An essay by film critic Aaron Hillis

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.