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Spiritual Sunday: 'The Flowers of St. Francis' (1950)

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Welcome to a new weekly feature, Spiritual Sunday, where I pick classic religious themed movies. The first pick of this new feature is Roberto Rossellini's 1950 film, "The Flowers of St. Francis." Fun fact about this movie it was co-written by Federico Fellini.

The film is made up of nine vignettes that are about St. Francis of Assisi and his followers. Each vignette is a parable with a moral theme, like for example the fifth one is called, 'How Francis, praying one night in the woods, met the leper.'

It was monks from the Nocere Inferiore Monastery that played St. Francis and his friars.

"The Flowers of St. Francis" is one of my personal favorite films by Rossellini. I first saw the movie on TCM, it was quite late, but couldn't leave the TV. A sense of sadness and happiness, mingle together while watching this Italian movie.

Famed directors, Francois Truffaut and Pier Paolo Pasolini both agreed that it was one of the most beautiful films in cinema. It is a beautiful film, and it doesn't matter what you believe in to get it's message, it's a film that teaches about humility, finding happiness in the little things, and just trying to live in a peaceful manner.

So check out "The Flowers of St. Francis" on Hulu Plus or rent in online, or your local video store.


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