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Galileo Galilei (as Topol)
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Cardinal Inquisitor
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Priuli
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Ballad Singer's Wife
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Ballad Singer
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Elderly Court Lady
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The Old Cardinal
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Sagredo
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Richard O'Callaghan ...
Fulganzio
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Ludovico Marsili
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Angelica Sarti
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Federzoni
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This bio-pic is about Galileo, the 17th century Italian who laid the foundations of modern science. Galileo made himself one of the world's first telescopes and discovered the moons of Jupiter. He supported Copernicus' theory that the Earth revolved around the Sun. This brought him in conflict with the Catholic Church. By threatening him with torture, the Church forced him to recant his views in front of a tribunal, and sentenced him to house arrest. However, Galileo's trials and theories inspired others like Newton and Kepler to prove that the Earth was not the centre of the Universe. Some years ago, the Pope accepted that Earth does revolve around the Sun and issued a rare apology for what the Church had done to Galileo, i.e., the Catholic Church recanted! Written by <sundar1@aol.com>

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The role of Sagerdo was first intended for a younger man, in fact all the original possibles were men in their 30s. See more »

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Andrea Sarti: [upon Galileo's recantation] Unhappy is the land that has no heroes.
Galileo Galilei: Incorrect. Unhappy is the land that *needs* a hero.
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Follows Leben des Galilei (1947) See more »

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A bland film
25 February 2001 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

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Topol with his impatient manner of speech is somewhat insufferable as Galileo. But then, by all accounts, the real Galileo had a touch of arrogance in him and was not very likeable. This movie does not capture the horrors of pre-Industrial Europe, when religious authorities could inflict the most fiendish tortures on any victims they chose. This movie could have made a statement about religion run amok in the social milieu of the day. Instead, it is a bland film lacking dramatic tension. It is a movie adapted from a play and it shows. There is even a chorus of choirboys which is totally out of place. However, there are few bio-pics of great scientists, so this one is worth watching once.


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