Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, August 18, 2012

2:00 PM Marvin & Betty Danto Lecture Hall

(Italy/1950—directed by Roberto Rossellini)

In a series of simple, delicate, engaging vignettes, director Roberto Rossellini and his co-screenwriter Federico Fellini eloquently convey the universal teachings of The People’s Saint: humility, compassion, faith, and sacrifice. Lovingly photographed to evoke the medieval paintings of Saint Francis’s era, and cast with monks from the (Nocera Inferiore Monastery near the production’s location, the rarely-seen yet unforgettable The Flowers of St. Francis (Francesco, giullare di Dio) is a joyous and moving portrait of the search for spiritual enlightenment. While absolutely specific in its depiction of a time and a place, this quietly powerful, heartfelt work nevertheless makes for a timeless and consummately universal experience. In Italian with English subtitles. (87 min.)

“Rossellini’s meditation on perfect joy.” François Truffaut, The Films in My Life
Special funding provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

All screenings of the summer DFT 101 series will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the DIA’s Lecture Hall, located on the museum’s ground floor – use Woodward or Farnsworth for entry. Film admission to this series is included with the price of general DIA admission, and is free to DIA members as well.

The Café DIA, located just steps from the Lecture Hall, offers full food and beverage service and is open from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays.