Criterion Collection: Flowers Of St Francis

Criterion Collection: Flowers Of St Francis

Director: Roberto Rossellini

Cast: Federico Fellini, Aldo Fabrizi

     
 
Flowers of St. Francis (Francesco, giullare di Dio) is an early example of the "commercial" side of Roberto Rossellini. The film traces the life of St. Francis, from his embracing of religion to his efforts to establish a harmonious middle ground between life and spirituality. Rosselini has given us a "chamber" film, deliberately avoiding the overblown

Overview

Flowers of St. Francis (Francesco, giullare di Dio) is an early example of the "commercial" side of Roberto Rossellini. The film traces the life of St. Francis, from his embracing of religion to his efforts to establish a harmonious middle ground between life and spirituality. Rosselini has given us a "chamber" film, deliberately avoiding the overblown vulgarity of Hollywood religious spectacles. The director's assistant and cowriter on this project was Federico Fellini. Unfortunately, Roberto Rossellini was under a cloud in the US thanks to L'affaire Bergman, so Flowers of St. Francis (made right after Stromboli) was not given an immediate American release in 1950. When it finally did get to our shores, at least two reels were cut; we recommend the somewhat more thorough British release version.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/23/2005
UPC:
0037429208120
Original Release:
1950
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
1,120

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer; Exclusive new video interviews, conducted in 2004, with actress Isabella Rossellini, film historian Adriano Aprà, and film critic Father Virgilio Fantuzzi; The American-release prologue, situating the film in its historical context through paintings and frescoes; New and improved English subtitle translation; Plus: a 36-page booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Peter Brunette and reprinted writings by Roberto Rossellini and critic André Bazin

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits/Prayer [3:25]
2. The Road to Rivotorto [3:46]
3. Holy Obedience [4:26]
4. Brother Ginepro Returns Naked [3:22]
5. Giovanni Asks to Follow Francis [9:55]
6. Meeting With Saint Clare [8:24]
7. A Pig's Foot [7:07]
8. The Leper [5:00]
9. Enough Food for Two Weeks [3:44]
10. "I Talk and Talk, Yet Accomplish Little" [11:23]
11. Nicolaio the Tyrant [8:18]
12. Perfect Happiness [5:33]
13. Out Into the World [8:10]
14. Separate Ways [4:15]

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