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The Flowers of St. Francis (1950)

Francesco, giullare di Dio (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 6 October 1952 (USA)
A series of vignettes depicting the lives of the original Franciscan monks, including their leader and the bumbling Ginepro.

Director:

Roberto Rossellini

Writers:

Roberto Rossellini (story), Federico Fellini (screenplay collaborator) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Aldo Fabrizi ... Nicolaio, il tiranno di Viterbo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gianfranco Bellini Gianfranco Bellini ... Narrator (voice)
Peparuolo Peparuolo ... Giovanni il Sempliciotto
Severino Pisacane Severino Pisacane ... Fra' Ginapro (as Fra' Severino Pisacane)
Roberto Sorrentino Roberto Sorrentino
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Storyline

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. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

6 October 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Francisco, juglar de Dios See more »

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Cineriz, Rizzoli Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The one who was called "Jester of the Lord" was Brother Juniper, Francis's disciple, not Francis himself as the Italian title erroneously indicates. See more »

Quotes

San Francesco: Praise be to you, O Lord, and to all your creatures. Especially Brother Sun, through when you light our days. He is beautiful and radiant and resplendent, and derives all meaning from you. Praise be to you, O Lord, for Sister Moon and all the stars, which you cause to shine clear and bright. Praise be to you, O Lord, for Brother Wind, and for cloudy and clear skies, and all kinds of weather, which being sustenance to all your creatures. Praise be to you, O Lord, for Sister Water, so useful and ...
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Alternate Versions

The US version released in 1952 removes the Italian chapter titles. It also adds a prologue cut from the initial Italian release. See more »

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Take a quiet, meditative walk with St. Francis
26 August 2005 | by blakesleeSee all my reviews

The film is a series of vignettes depicting the monks in various encounters with each other and locals in the surrounding countryside. Each scene has a point, but the "lessons" are imparted with grace, subtlety and tranquil ease. Watching this film is a very calming, quiet experience. Other than the dialogue of the brothers (in Italian), what one hears most of the time in the soundtrack is the sound of chirping birds and falling water. Not a film that everyone will enjoy but if the idea of following humble, simple monks around the medieval countryside appeals to you at all, I recommend this DVD highly. Considering that this movie was released just five years after the end of WWII, perhaps it was an attempt to remind Italians and Europeans in general of this long-departed but timeless advocate of peace and non-violence.


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