The Flowers Of St. Francis

  • 1950
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Religious

A film of great harmony and natural beauty, this short historical feature from the celebrated Italian noerealist Roberto Rossellini is a tone poem comprised of physical gestures. Performed, with the exception of Aldo Fabrizi, by nonprofessionals (all of whom are real-life Franciscan monks), the film captures the brothers' purity and their desire to live...read more

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A film of great harmony and natural beauty, this short historical feature from the celebrated Italian noerealist Roberto Rossellini is a tone poem comprised of physical gestures. Performed, with the exception of Aldo Fabrizi, by nonprofessionals (all of whom are real-life Franciscan

monks), the film captures the brothers' purity and their desire to live in harmony with nature. More striking than the film's grand themes--man and nature, God and man, peace and defiance, love and hate, generosity and greed--Rossellini sensitively captures the monks' expressive physical

movements. Illustrating one character's line of dialogue, "Souls are won over by examples, not words," Rossellini does not show us speeches or have us listen to readings from scripture. Instead we see the hands and faces of these monks, their wonder, their peace, their simplicity. As these monks

can say so much with their eyes, so too can Rossellini speak volumes with a single shot.

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