The Flowers of St. Francis (The Criterion Collection)
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- In Italian with English subtitles
- New, restored high-definition transfer
- New video interviews with Isabella Rossellini, film historian Adriano Apra, and film critic Father Virgilio Fantuzzi
- The American-release prologue, situating the film in its historical context
- New and improved English subtitle translation
- 36-page collectible booklet
Top Customer Reviews
This film was doomed to be misunderstood, if not dismissed as retrograde in its values, or simply ignored. But Christian values don't cease to exist just because we don't see them practised on the silly box. The evidence is that Rossellini has put them in front of our modern eyes and they still make the same impression on us: they are the right -righteous- values. Times don't change, just as values don't change, only the will of the people to accept or deny them.
The question we face in this movie is: How do we apply these values of innocence, purity, unselfishness, meekness, and charity to modern times? Do they change with the times or do they mean the same as they did in the 13th century? Evidently it's us who have changed not the concepts. Why? Because watching this film Rossellini has made us identify with the Franciscan monks, with their unselfish love and innocence; he has made us see the world -even though a long gone world- with our present day eyes and we have -hopefully most of us- identified with them.
Why aren't there any more people like them today? I think there are. If only they would make movies about them. If at least we agree that those Christian values shown to us in the film are good, immutable and worthy to be pursued yesterday as much as today, we have a premise to work with. Then, the next step would be to conclude that pursuing those values are the right and laudable thing to do; at least to try to do.Read more ›
A lot is written about St. Francis (who lived during the 1200s), and he is a personal source of inspiration for all of us who are spiritually inclined, only because he was patron saint of nature, and strived to teach his disciples about the essence of the Bible rather than blindly following its' tenets. His disciples were often simple-minded, almost always not well-educated, but they had hearts of gold, and the director focuses on this aspect of their lives more than anything else. Filmed in black and white and presented beautifully by the Criterion Collection, this is indeed one of their Top 10 releases ever. Sadly, I suppose, this film is wrongly considered `boring' by mainstream audiences who cant muster up the patience to sit through a work of this nature.
The vignettes here are all from the famed St. Francis book - little allegorical tales from various parts of his life. Most of them concern him and his monks' fervent belief that divine love conquers all - even to the extent of sacrificing their own physical well-being for the concept.Read more ›
P.S. after writing this I read the other reviews. They make clear the range of possible reaction both on the human level and the artistic. I don't have any quarrel with (almost) any of them. I would just say that there is a great deal going on here regarding both the person and film, so if you are just getting acquainted with either aspect, look around a bit before making up your mind for yourself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely movie without pretensions, like St Francis. The monks were great actors.Published 13 months ago by laura giles
simply beautiful in its simplicity and grace... capturing the essence of St. Francis in his love for Christ.Published 18 months ago by Chris
The Flowers of St. Francis is a beautifully shot and elegant film about the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi. Read morePublished 19 months ago by B. Adducchio
Radical ideas about acting and narrative
Supposedly the Vatican liked the film quite a bit as well
The black and white helped set the climate of Francis' time and events. Brother Juniper's antics were quite humorous. Read morePublished on June 29, 2014 by Frank Peluso
This film was made before I was born.
They have produced nice work here in those days.
The movie is little difficult to be understood by modern audience. Read more
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