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Les Quatre fois de Michelangelo Frammartino : une variation franciscaine

Abstract : Michelangelo Frammartino’s Le Quattro Volte (2010) is a rather “confidential” but very original film d’auteur which enjoyed great success and won a large number of awards, including the prestigious David-de-Donatello Award. The film was defined by its director as being “Franciscan” because of his asserted rejection of all forms of anthropocentrism. In Le Quattro Volte, mankind is presented as being just one of the various forms of “presence in the world” – a human presence being no different from that of an animal, a plant or even an object. Such an interpretation of the world implies that all beings, without distinction, are equal and, in principle, their existence legitimate. The correspondence between that vision of the world and Franciscan ethics is relevant, to be seen especially in the Canticle of the Sun, the first literary text written in vernacular Italian, which is remarkable for the boldness of its attitude – to consider all “creatures” with the same degree of empathy. In turn, Frammartino’s film treats all beings with the same respect and without any form of pathos. By doing so, Frammartino creates a new poetic narrative, in which matter is the protagonist, with a view to re-enchanting our vision of the universe.
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Brigitte Poitrenaud-Lamesi. Les Quatre fois de Michelangelo Frammartino : une variation franciscaine. Double Jeu Théâtre / Cinéma, Presses universitaires de Caen, 2016, François d'Assise à l'écran, pp.117-129. ⟨10.4000/doublejeu.343⟩. ⟨hal-02144945⟩

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