The Life of Leonardo Da Vinci (1971)
"La vita di Leonardo da Vinci" (original title)

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Series cast summary:
Philippe Leroy ...
 Leonardo Da Vinci (5 episodes, 1971)
Giulio Bosetti ...
 The Narrator (5 episodes, 1971)
Antonio Gallo ...
 Leonardo's Apprentice (5 episodes, 1971)
Bruno Piergentili ...
 Salay (3 episodes, 1971)
Giampiero Albertini ...
 Ludovico il Moro (3 episodes, 1971)
Luigi Tasca ...
 Ludovico's Secretary (2 episodes, 1971)
Carlo Simoni ...
 Francesco Melzi (2 episodes, 1971)
Nino Dal Fabbro ...
 Pier Soderini (2 episodes, 1971)
Marco Bonetti ...
 Marco d'Oggiono (2 episodes, 1971)
Maria Marchi ...
 Mathurine (2 episodes, 1971)
Riad Gholmie ...
 King Francis I (2 episodes, 1971)
Rate Furlan ...
 Fra' Luca Pacioli (2 episodes, 1971)
Renato Montalbano ...
 Sangallo (2 episodes, 1971)
Ann Odessa ...
 Caterina (2 episodes, 1971)
Diego Della Valle ...
 Pietro Perugino (2 episodes, 1971)
Carlos de Carvalho ...
 Uncle Francesco (2 episodes, 1971)
Renzo Rossi ...
 Sandro Botticelli (2 episodes, 1971)
Giuseppe Scarcella ...
 Raphael of Urbino (2 episodes, 1971)
Sara Franchetti ...
 Cecilia Gallerani (2 episodes, 1971)


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Release Date:

13 August 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I, Leonardo  »

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(5 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In the English-dubbed edition of the movie, Ludovico Sforza's Milan is said to have fallen in 1499 to the French King Louis VII. The reference should be to Louis XII who reigned 1498-1515. Louis VII reigned 1137-1180, the wrong time period. See more »


Referenced in No More Time (1973) See more »

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A MUST SEE FOR ANY LEONARDO FAN! Incredibly well done & moving documentary.
9 July 2001 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

Outstanding! Stunning! Superb! Memorable!

I first saw this film when it was telecast by PBS back in the early 70s. I was only 13 years old then, but it captivated me nonetheless. I had always liked Leonardo, but after seeing this documentary, I fell in love with him. Since then, because of this film, I have traveled throughout the USA and Europe, seeking any and all of this work that I might view.

I recently visited his final home and resting place in France, and came within a hair's breath of an original drawing in London (Nothing between me and it but one inch of air space!). Regretfully I passed-up buying a copy of the book that was based on this film when I viewed the Last Supper in Milan 15 years ago. Been kicking myself over that ever since. :-(

Leonardo is an inspiration and this film will fuel any lust that his fans have to know more about the man and his unique visions, thoughts and personality. This account of his life is vividly illustrated, highly detailed, as historically accurate as one can get, and only occasionally sentimental.

Leonardo was an incredible human being, and this program provides a great deal of information about all the amazing facets of his life, along with the personal, political, and artistic challenges that confronted him.

Particularly interesting is the speculation into the background of his mother, Caterina, of whom very little is known. Also well handled was the balanced coverage of his family and professional relationships, including his two disciples, Salai and Francisco Melzi.

The film also provides a ton of information about the historical events that forced him to leave and then later return to Florence and Milan, the political intrigue of the leaders he had to collaborate with, and his bitter rivalry with Michaelangelo. This is a film I can satisfyingly watch over and over again.


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