Most will not notice, and even more will not care, but Albert Serra will save cinema, if not aid in the saving of my soul.
“AS: Great art, I think, always has ambiguity and a richness that allows viewers to apply many points of view. Pasolini was a Communist and he made religious films. Rossellini was engaged politically but made The Flowers of St Francis.
SofC: I thought of St Francis many times while watching Birdsong.
AS: It has the best ending in film history. Do you remember? When they have to decide where to go, all of disciples, to spread the word of St. Francis? Do you remember? [Serra stands up and begins walking in a small circle, re-enacting the scene.] They start doing this, until they fall. And when one falls, that is the direction they must go. Do you remember? I think that is the best ending in all of film history. It has that beautiful ambiguity. It’s serious – they really do want to go and spread the word of Christ – but the moment is also poetic and humorous.”
stills from his films Honor de Cavalleria(Quixote) and El Cant dels Ocells (Birdsong) and from Rosellini’s Francesco, Giullare di Dio (Flowers of St Francis)
text from an interview with Senses of Cinema