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The Flowers of St. Francis (in Italian, Francesco, giullare di Dio, or "Francis, God's Jester") is a 1950 film directed by Roberto Rossellini and co-written by Federico Fellini. The film is based on two books, 14th century book I Fioretti Di San Francesco Little Flowers of St. Francis, and La Vita di Frate Ginepro (The Life of Brother Juniper) which relate the life and work of St. Francis and the early Franciscans. I Fioretti is composed of 78 small chapters. The novel as a whole is less biographical and is instead more focused on relating extravagant tales of the life of Saint Francis and his followers. The movie follows the same premise, though rather than relating all 78 chapters, the movie focuses instead on nine of the 78 chapters. Each chapter is composed in the style of a parable, and, like parables, contains a moral theme. Every new scene transitions with a chapter marker, a device that gives the same of the novel it was based upon. When the movie initially debuted in America...
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