The revolution in the Umbrian vernacular of Clare, saint of rupture (still today)

«The first thing we did with Susanna», says Carpenzano, «was to go and see The Stories of St. Francis by Giotto “. He admits: «I didn’t know anything about Francesco. Figures like him, young people capable of breaking with traditions, of doing something revolutionary, are cyclical in history. And Chiara does it with even more determination ».

Mazzucco also explains that he discovered his character by talking to the director. «I knew San Francesco because I had studied him at school. While I knew a lot less about her than about her. The thing I liked most about her story about her is that Chiara didn’t want to perform miracles, to become a saint. What she wanted was to give up the nobility and be with the poor, help the people. She was a very strong and very fragile woman at the same time ».

To reconstruct the life of Chiara and Francesco getting as close as possible to historical reality, the supervision of the script by Chiara Frugoniwho died on 10 April this year and to whom Nicchiarelli dedicated the film: “She was an expert in medieval history who dedicated her whole life to the study of Chiara and Francesco“, explains. “It was thanks to her books that I started thinking about this film. Their figures have been “domesticated” by the Church, while she has reconstructed a version closer to the truth. The Saint Francis we remember speaks to the birds. In reality, Francesco spoke to the crowds and did so using the vulgar language of the time not Latin, official language of the Church that the people did not understand. Chiara, then, has always been told to us as eager for the cloistered life from an early age. A lie: she dreamed, like Francis, of going among the people. The cloister was an imposition, not a choice ».

In the film, the characters speak the vulgar Umbrianrebuilt thanks to the help of Nadia Cannataprofessor of Linguistics at the Sapienza University of Rome “, the French, in particular Francesco” who was a lover of Chanson de gesteAnd the Latin, in which, for example, Cardinal Ugolino, who later became Pope Gregory IX (played by Luigi Lo Cascio), expresses himself.

As it had already done in Miss MarxNicchiarelli entered in Clear several musical scenes, with the characters singing and dancing medieval songs composed by the Anonima Frottolisti groupincluding two love songs, whose words have been handed down to us thanks to a manuscript of the time. Until the unexpected conclusion with a song by Cosmo.

The last line goes to Paolo Del Brocco, CEO of Rai Cinema, who co-produced the film. Del Brocco recalled how Clear is the patron saint of television, cinema and telecommunications. And she jokingly (perhaps not entirely) she invoked his help given the situation of the cinema in Italy, in crisis since the beginning of the pandemic.


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The revolution in the Umbrian vernacular of Clare, saint of rupture (still today)