• Italy
  • 1973
  • 255 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • Italian
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Roberto Rossellini’s three-part The Age of the Medici is like a Renaissance painting come to life: a portrait of fifteenth-century Florence, ruled by the Medici political dynasty. With a lovely score from composer Manuel de Sica (son of Vittorio), this grand yet intimate work is a storybook conjuring of a way of life and thought.

Cast

Leon Battista Alberti Virginio Gazzolo
Cosimo de’ MediciMarcello Di Falco
Carlo degli AlbertiAdriano Amidei Migliano
Niccolo Di Cocco DonatiRoberto Bisacco
Niccolo CusanoUgo Cardea
Rinaldo degli AlbizziTom Felleghy

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Film Essays

Eclipse Series 14: Rossellini’s History Films—Renaissance and Enlightenment

By Tag Gallagher December 25, 2008

RELIVING HISTORY “At a certain point, I felt so useless!” said Roberto Rossellini. Never before had technology accomplished such miracles. Yet everywhere the world was confronting crises. Never . . . Read more »