The Kimbell Art Museum presents the film The Flowers of St. Francis (1950) at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 20, in the Museum auditorium. It is the second program in the Kimbell’s free film series Italian Realism, Redux and is approximately 90 minutes long. Some 350 years after the raw emotionality of Caravaggio’s canvases shocked viewers, a new wave of Italian neorealism revolutionized filmmaking. This classic early work by one of the 20th century’s greatest directors embodies the gritty, documentary-like aesthetic and powerful humanism that echo the Baroque master’s dramatic style. In a series of simple and joyous vignettes, director Roberto Rossellini and cowriter Federico Fellini lovingly convey the universal teachings of Saint Francis: humility, compassion, faith, and sacrifice. Gorgeously photographed to evoke the medieval paintings of the saint’s time, and cast with monks from the Nocera Inferiore Monastery, “The Flowers of St. Francis” is a timeless and moving portrait of the search for spiritual enlightenment.
Offered in partnership with the Lone Star Film Society. No reservations necessary.
November 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm