Easily the film adaption of The Little Flowers with the least flower power, Rossellini’s 1950 film based on the classic literary work features a rambunctious group of constantly running actors playing Franciscan monks who, if we read the credits, we find are real, live monks themselves.
One touch which really brings the content of the film back to The Little Flowers is Rossellini’s use of descriptive titles for each different scene.
Surprisingly entertaining and engaging, this film is well worth a trip to the library or virtual queue, however, beware of the lovable and indomitable Brother Ginopro, who entirely steals the show from Francis himself.
Film version viewed: Criterion Collection
– Colleen Swaim