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Both funny and quietly touching,
This review is from: Francesco Giullare di Dio - Masters of Cinema series [DVD] (DVD)
Rossellini's Francesco, Guillare di Dio/Francis, God's Jester is less political than Pasolini's Gospel According to St. Matthew, but it's still possible to see it as one of its antecedents with its use of amateur actors and avoidance of studio work. Its anecdotal narrative doesn't always work (the sequence with the tyrant is amusing but too broadly played, for example), but it does build up a picture of an alternative, more open-spirited approach to religious devotion more in tune with nature than scripture, and the ending is both funny and quietly touching, as Francesco's followers spin round and round in circles until dizzy to find which path God wants them to follow.
Appropriately enough, Masters of Cinema's DVD even has the nicest copyright warning I've ever seen: `Friendly notice: If you illegally copy this film, you are directly affecting the chances of other interesting films receiving the same care and attention.' Francesco would surely approve.