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- Europe '51
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Nice social message, Bergman kills it- as you'd expect, and Giulietta Masina's little role is a treat. My enjoyment was hindered by that irritating trope of early 50's cinema: a completely illogical justice system that serves solely to be antagonistic. Bugged the hell out of me.
At times the movie reminded me (stylistically) of von Sternberg's Dietrich: The Scarlet Empress (1934), Shanghai Express (1932).
Scorsese said: "After making The Flowers of St. Francis, Rossellini asked, what would a modern-day saint be like? I think they based it on Simone Weil, and Ingrid Bergman played the part."
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This movie ranks #29 in FilmTV's The Best Italian Films
This movie ranks #80 in Roy Menarini's Il Grande Cinema Italiano
This movie ranks #234 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #239 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #330 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #417 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #439 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #798 in The Criterion Collection