The Flowers of St. Francis Film Still

The Flowers of St. Francis

Roberto Rossellini

 
The Flowers of St. Francis (Criterion DVD)

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  • Italy
  • 1950
  • 87 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Italian
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  • Spine #293

In a series of simple and joyous vignettes, director Roberto Rossellini and co-writer Federico Fellini lovingly convey the universal teachings of the People’s Saint: humility, compassion, faith, and sacrifice. Gorgeously photographed to evoke the medieval paintings of Saint Francis’s time, and cast with monks from the Nocera Inferiore Monastery, The Flowers of St. Francis is a timeless and moving portrait of the search for spiritual enlightenment.

Disc 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
    New cover by Sarah Habibi

Film Essays

The Flowers of St. Francis: God’s Jester

By Peter Brunette August 22, 2005

One of the biggest celebrity scandals of the early postwar period erupted when Italian director Roberto Rossellini, who had become world famous with his 1945 neorealist classic Open City, and . . . Read more »

On Five

Remembering Peter Brunette

By Issa Clubb June 23, 2010

Sitting on a hard drive here in the office is the unedited footage of an interview we shot herewith Peter Brunette on April 26, for an upcoming release ofSenso. The release had been delayed, but . . . Read more »


Dispatches

Bazin Season

By Colin MacCabe December 21, 2008

André Bazin has a curious status in intellectual life. He is everywhere admitted as the founding father of film criticism and theory in general. The magazine he created in the 1950s, Cahiers du . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Flowers of St. Francis: God’s Jester

By Peter Brunette August 22, 2005

One of the biggest celebrity scandals of the early postwar period erupted when Italian director Roberto Rossellini, who had become world famous with his 1945 neorealist classic Open City, and . . . Read more »