Criterion Collection: Flowers Of St Francis

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 ...
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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.
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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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2005
  • UPC: 037429208120
  • Original Release: 1950
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Language: Italiano
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,490

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Aldo Fabrizi Nicolaio, the Tyrant
Federico Fellini
Technical Credits
Roberto Rossellini Director, Screenwriter
Otello Martelli Cinematographer
Renzo Rossellini Score Composer
Federico Fellini Screenwriter
Jolanda Benvenuti Editor
Giuseppe Amato Producer
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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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Chapters: Color Bars
   Supplements
      Isabella Rossellini
         Play
      Adriano Aprà
         Play
      Father Virgilio Fantuzzi
         Play
      English Prologue
         Play
   Subtitles
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
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