Monday, March 05, 2018

Roberto Rossellini: 'The Flowers of St. Francis' / 'Francesco, giullare di Dio' (1950)

Roberto Rossellini's The Flowers of St. Francis / Francesco, giullare di Dio (1950). Vignettes of the original Franciscans, played by real Franciscan monks, with a medieval feel, beyond normal time, in black and white. This is the kind of little gem of a movie that distinguishes cinema from books as an art form.

Federico Fellini co-wrote the minimalist script, which is more evident in some of the chapters than others. 
San Francesco d'Assisi / Saint Francis of Assisi lived from about 1181 to 1226 A.D. 

The main cook for the early Franciscans was Fra Ginepro / Brother Juniper, who died in 1258 A.D. He was a bit of a "jester." 
Here, Franciscans spread a feeling of peace in the village, near the end of the film. They also redistribute food to the hungry. 
St. Francis and St. Clare at St. Mary of the Angels. Santa Chiara d'AssisiSaint Clare of Assisi lived from 1194 to 1253 A.D. 

This memorable film provides an alternative to the many human-directed miseries already wrought in the 21st century. The Criterion Collection package includes extra interviews. Isabella Rossellini (born 1952), daughter of Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini, provides impressive insight in one of them.  

Today's Rune: Partnership. 


Charles Gramlich said...

Always liked Isabella Rossellini

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I love old films like this...I shall give it a watch

Luma Rosa said...

Hi, Erik!
A curious movie of an unlikely time, 3,000 years ago ...
Difficult to have access, but I was very eager to watch!
Beijus in the heart!!