Wednesday, September 03, 2008
IL MIRACOLO ("The Miracle" 1948, Italy, Rossellini)
IL MIRACOLO ("The Miracle" 1948, Italy, Roberto Rossellini)
From a pair of short Rossellini films called L'AMORE, the first (LA VOCE UMANA) having no particular Soul Food content. IL MIRACOLO ("The Miracle" Tulio Pinelli screenplay) is from a Federico Fellini story about a simple-minded woman who sleeps with a vagrant, believing him to be Saint Joseph. Driven out of her village in a pastiche of Jesus' via dolorosa, she gives birth in a stable. American Catholics were scandalized – they saw blasphemy; materialist critics were disgusted – they caught the scent of transcendence.
THE FLOWERS OF ST. FRANCIS, STROMBOLI