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The Age of the Medici 

L'età di Cosimo de Medici (original title)
This is a lengthy exposition of the social and political history of renaissance Florentine history, told through dramatised conversations between the main participants... See full synopsis »
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Marcello Di Falco ...
 Cosimo de' Medici (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
Virgilio Gazzolo ...
 Leon Battista Alberti (2 episodes, 1973)
Adriano Amidei Migliano ...
 Carlo degli Alberti (2 episodes, 1973)
Michel Bardinet ...
 Ciriaco d'Arpaso (2 episodes, 1973)
Roberto Bisacco ...
 Niccolò Di Cocco Donati (2 episodes, 1973)
Roberto Bruni
(2 episodes, 1973)
Tom Felleghy ...
 Rinaldo degli Albizzi (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Ugo Cardea ...
 Niccolò Cusano (2 episodes, 1973)
Bruno Cattaneo ...
 Toscanelli (2 episodes, 1973)
Valentino Macchi ...
 Ubertino de' Bardi (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Maurizio Manetti
(2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Giuliano Esperanti ...
 Nuovo gonfaloniere (2 episodes, 1973)
Goffredo Matassi ...
 Bernardo Guadagni, gonfaloniere di Firenze (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Giacinto Ferro
(2 episodes, 1973)
Sergio Nicolai ...
 Francesco Sederini (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Piero Gerlini ...
 Poggio Bracciolini (2 episodes, 1973)
Sergio Serafini ...
 Lorenzo (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
John Stacy ...
 Ilarione de' Bardi (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Francesco Vairano
(2 episodes, 1973)
Yanti Somer ...
 Contessina de' Bardi, moglie di Cosimo (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
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This is a lengthy exposition of the social and political history of renaissance Florentine history, told through dramatised conversations between the main participants... See full synopsis »

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A History Text, Indeed
26 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

An earlier (the sole, in fact) reviewer of this series suggested that one should approach this 3-part series as an illustrated text rather than a film. S/He was so right! I would speculate that most people should pass on buying this set. Yes, Rosellini's costumes and sets are wonderful. Nearly every frame would make a frame-able painting. And the the daily life details -- the wet horse-dung in the streets, the general filthy conditions of the period, the exquisite artisan-ship of garments for the wealthy -- are sublime.

But this series is filled wall-to-wall with dense, rapid dialog in Italian. It's nearly impossible to follow with English subtitles. And the characters just start to blend into a smear by the end of the first episode. There is virtually nothing to break the series out of its yak-yak-yak drone, historically significant though it may be.

I think even Italians will have a great challenge to remain conscious for this series.


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