The Flowers Of St. Francis – Criterion [DVD] (1950) *NEW*

The Flowers Of St. Francis – Criterion [DVD] (1950) *NEW*


In a series of simple and joyous vignettes, director Roberto Rossellini and co-writer Federico Fellini lovingly convey the universal teachings#of humility, compassion, faith, and sacrifice#of the People#s Saint. Shot in a neorealist manner, with monks from the Nocere Inferiore monastery playing the roles of St. Francis and his disciples, The Flowers of St. Francis is a timeless and moving portrait of the search for spiritual enlightenment.

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The film dramatizes about a dozen vignettes from the life of St. Francis and his early followers - starting with their return in the rain to Rivotorlo from Rome when the Pope blessed their Rule and ending with their dispersal to preach. The unconnected chapters are like parables, some with a moral. The slight and comic Ginepro returns naked to St. Mary's of the Angels, having given away his tunic, but not his ricotta. The aged Giovanni shouts and holds onto his cape; the beatific St. Clair pays a visit. Humble Francis doubts his leadership, hugs a leper, and sends his brothers spinning, dizzy, and smiling into the world. This brotherhood is infused with whimsy as well as belief.

Francesco, giullare di Dio
Directed by Roberto Rossellini
Produced by Angelo Rizzoli
Written by Roberto Rossellini
Federico Fellini
Music by Renzo Rossellini
Enrico Buondonno
Cinematography Otello Martelli
Edited by Jolanda Benvenuti
Distributed by Joseph Burstyn Inc. (US)
Release date
14 December 1950
Running time
89 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

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Weight 0.6 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 0.5 × 7.3 in


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