Cinema: The Saint Who Could Fly

The Reluctant Saint. Little Giuseppe Desa was a miserable child. He was born in a mean village near Otranto, Italy, in the year 1603. His mother treated him "with great severity," and the child, sickly and confused, wandered about with dazed eyes and slack lips, understanding little, forgetting even to eat. The villagers called him Boccaperta, The Gaper, and considered him an idiot.

Partly they were right; partly they were wrong. Little Giuseppe grew up to be San Giuseppe of Cupertino, one of the strangest saints in the Roman Catholic calendar.

In this gentle little picture, directed by Edward Dmytryk and starring Maximilian...

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