The Flowers of St Francis (Francesco, giullare di Dio) (Francis, God's Jester)
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The Flowers of St Francis (Francesco, giullare di Dio) (Francis, God's Jester)
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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Thanks to the simplicity of its filming and the sympathetic musical score Renzo Rossellini has affixed, it sends one forth from the theatre feling kindlier towards his fellow man."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"one of the cinema's loveliest spiritual explorations"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Rossellini shows a great compassion and humor for the friars."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"a film for the faithful"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"A delightfully simple film, as much a tribute to the spirit of humane curiosity in which the film was made as to the heritage of spirituality that is its transcendent theme."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Rossellini's buoyant 1950 masterpiece is a glorious hallucination of perfect harmony between man and nature."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Pious and earthy, crude and artful, filled with pithy religious lessons but devoid of moralizing."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"a small film from a self-proclaimed atheist illustrates spiritual truths far more profoundly than more widely screened spectacles"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"The theme is less the simplicity of religion than the religiosity of simplicity."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"Austerely glorious; what's seen confronts what's felt. 63 years on, Rossellini's vision of St Francis offers a humble Catholicism at stark odds with the reality of the Church's ruling elite today."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"A timeless treat."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Premiere Magazine
"Though Roberto Rossellini's Francesco, giullare di Dio...tells stories of a Roman Catholic saint, it should not be branded merely as a religious film."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Rossellini's film has an uncomplicated charm and an effortless beauty."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You