Roberto Rossellini

The Age of the Medici

The Age of the Medici

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.

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

Rossellini’s History Films—Renaissance and Enlightenment

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The Age of the Medici
Cast
Virginio Gazzolo
Leon Battista Alberti
Marcello Di Falco
Cosimo de’ Medici
Adriano Amidei Migliano
Carlo degli Alberti
Roberto Bisacco
Niccolo Di Cocco Donati
Ugo Cardea
Niccolo Cusano
Tom Felleghy
Rinaldo degli Albizzi
Credits
Director
Roberto Rossellini
Producer
Renzo Rossellini
Screenplay
Roberto Rossellini
Screenplay
Luciano Scaffa
Screenplay
Marcella Mariani
Cinematography
Mario Montuori
Editing
Iolanda Benvenuti
Music
Manuel De Sica
Costumes
Marcella de Marchis

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Roberto Rossellini

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Roberto Rossellini
Roberto Rossellini

A founder of Italian neorealism, Roberto Rossellini brought to filmmaking a documentary-like authenticity and a philosophical stringency. After making films under Mussolini’s fascist regime early in his career, Rossellini broke out with Rome Open City, a shattering and vivid chronicle of the Nazi occupation of Italy’s capital, followed by Paisan and Germany Year Zero, which round out his “war trilogy.” Rossellini’s adulterous affair with Ingrid Bergman led to the biggest controversy of his career (they were both condemned by the United States Senate) but also to another trilogy—Stromboli, Europa ’51, and Voyage to Italy, all starring Bergman and all about spiritual crises; they were dismissed at the time of their release but are widely praised now. Through the 1950s, Rossellini experimented with different forms, offering an ascetic religious film (The Flowers of St. Francis), a documentary about India (India), and a wartime melodrama that was one of his biggest hits (Il Generale Della Rovere). In the final phase of his career, after calling a news conference and announcing, “Cinema is dead,” Rossellini turned to historical television dramas about major subjects and figures (Louis XIV, Blaise Pascal, Descartes, the Medicis), made with a rational, almost scientific approach. As always, he yearned to show life’s minutiae unadorned, bare and pure. Echoes of Rossellini’s approach to filmmaking are still felt in movements around the world, from China to Iran to South America to the United States. It’s fair to say modern cinema wouldn’t exist as we know it without him.