The Flowers of St Francis (Francesco, giullare di Dio) (Francis, God's Jester)
The Flowers of St Francis (Francesco, giullare di Dio) (Francis, God's Jester) (1950)

Roberto Rossellini and Federico Fellini wrote this charming, fanciful account of the life of St. Francis of Assisi.

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 6, 1950
DVD Release Date: August 23, 2005
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

one of the cinema's loveliest spiritual explorations

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Rossellini shows a great compassion and humor for the friars.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Rossellini's buoyant 1950 masterpiece is a glorious hallucination of perfect harmony between man and nature.

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Shawn Levy

Pious and earthy, crude and artful, filled with pithy religious lessons but devoid of moralizing.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

a small film from a self-proclaimed atheist illustrates spiritual truths far more profoundly than more widely screened spectacles

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

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Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine

A timeless treat.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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.

Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
more vignettes from rossellini; i'd like to watch this again sometime as it may have suffered in comparison with bu˝uel's towering film. it's… More
Kevin M. Williams
There's more than one moment of humor here, as Rossellini takes the opposite approach to religious storytelling (rather than Hollywood's overblown,… More
Cindy I
More of a visual book than a movie, this film discusses episodes in the life of St. Francis of Assisi by means of "chapters", each of which is… More