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



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


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

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (2)

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.

Mar 25, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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

Apr 25, 2001 | Full Review…

Delightfully ramshackle... ull of humor and unexpected incident...

Oct 22, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

May 6, 2013 | Full Review…

one of the cinema's loveliest spiritual explorations

Aug 24, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Jul 14, 2006 | Rating: A-

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

more vignettes from rossellini; i'd like to watch this again sometime as it may have suffered in comparison with buñuel's towering film. it's certainly lovely

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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There's more than one moment of humor here, as Rossellini takes the opposite approach to religious storytelling (rather than Hollywood's overblown, over pious pandering) showing ordinary men struggling to live as their faith instructs: simply, and with faith. Episodic and cheerful.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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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 subtitled by a description of what will happen in this section. It's a gentle film in many ways, following the priests as they live their rural lives -- cooking, ministering, gardening, and praying. There is a substory about one of Francis' followers who has more devotion to his calling than common sense, and there is some comedy (not to a mention a couple of scenes a little tough to watch) in his mistakes and misinterpretations of Francis' teachings. Since I'm not very religious, let alone Catholic, I probably didn't get as much out of it as someone more devout would have. But I still feel that Rossellini did a lovely job with this film.

Cindy I
Cindy I

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