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Joseph Desa (1962)

The Reluctant Saint (original title)
In 17th century Italy, a simple and clumsy young man joins a Franciscan order, pursues full priesthood and performs a miracle that eventually ensures his sainthood.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maximilian Schell ... Giuseppe
Ricardo Montalban ... Father Raspi
Lea Padovani ... Giuseppe's Mother
Akim Tamiroff ... Bishop Durso
Harold Goldblatt Harold Goldblatt ... Father Giovanni
Arnoldo Foà ... Felixa - Giuseppe's Father
Carlo Croccolo ... The Gobbo - the Hunchback
Giulio Bosetti Giulio Bosetti ... Brother Orlando
Armand Mestral
Elisa Cegani Elisa Cegani ... Sister
Giacomo Rossi Stuart
Tonio Selwart Tonio Selwart ... Examining Prelate
Odoardo Spadaro Odoardo Spadaro
Mino Doro Mino Doro
Bruno Cattaneo Bruno Cattaneo
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Storyline

Joseph of Cupertino, a simple young man thought by many in his village to be an idiot, is pressured to enter a monastery. He does so, and surprises everyone by passing the entrance exam to study for the priesthood. But this is only the first of many surprises from the man who would become Saint Joseph Cupertino. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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The picture that's got everything ! ... plus the surprise of your life !


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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

2 November 1962 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein sonderbarer Heiliger See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Company Credits

Production Co:

Dmytryk-Weiler See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Maximilien Schell's favourite film. See more »

Quotes

Don Raspi: [looking after Giuseppe] The senseless man seeks in vain for wisdom. Proverbs: 14.
Father Giovanni: True. But the fear of the Lord is training for wisdom, and humility goes before honors. Proverbs: 15.
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Opening Credits include: "The story you are about to see is true in its essential details" and "Cupertino, Italy 1623" See more »

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The Blessing of Sacred Simplicity
15 April 2008 | by santoro-internetSee all my reviews

I regard this as one of the most significant movies I have ever seen. Perhaps even more meaningful because I had never heard of it and did not expect it to be so beautiful at so many levels. The story of Saint Joseph of Cupertino, as it is described here, is a triumph of blessed simplicity, innocence and childlike sainthood. The emphasis, far from being on the saint's miraculous and spectacular levitations, is rather, as I see it, on the contrast between the way of spontaneous spirituality and the path of spiritual discipline, with the two being luminously reconciled throughout the movie. I believe this film can reach the hearts of many, believers and non-believers, providing space both for tears and laughter. In some way it looks as a Christian version of "Being There" and "Forrest Gump". I hope and trust it will also be available as DVD.


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