121107 - 12/11/07 Flowers of St. Francis The opening shot...

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12/11/07 Flowers of St. Francis The opening shot of the movie—St. Francis and his followers walked from the upper left side to the lower right side. Diagonal arrangement of figures coming down closer to the screen is used a continuous theme throughout the film. Symbolic meaning—saviors’ descendant to the world of sin; purification (water) The ending—The reversing orientation (the shot of sky; movement upward) signifies the rise of saints to heaven and purification. All episodes enact Gospels; a return to Christianity Examples: Their submissive reaction when they were chased out of their hut by a shepherd Ginepro’s refusal and comic reaction to engage any violence with the tyrant Ginepro giving up his mantle St. Francis’ encounter with a leper at night shows his compassion Scene of Ginepro cooking two-week worth food— Underlying theme: dualism / the separation between the body and the spirit Pantheism —St. Francis preaching to the birds and his praise of “brother fire” and such
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