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Blaise Pascal (1972)

Blaise Pascal struggles to understand the natural world around him, in addition to an inner quest for religious faith.


Roberto Rossellini


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Arditi ... Blaise Pascal
Rita Forzano Rita Forzano ... Jacqueline Pascal
Giuseppe Addobbati Giuseppe Addobbati ... Étienne Pascal
Christian De Sica ... Luogotenente criminale
Livio Galassi Livio Galassi ... Jacques il servo
Bruno Cattaneo Bruno Cattaneo ... Adrien Dechamps
Giuseppe Mannajuolo Giuseppe Mannajuolo ... Florin Perrier (as Bepi Mannaiuolo)
Marco Bonetti Marco Bonetti ... Artus Goufier, duca di Roannes
Teresa Ricci Teresa Ricci ... Gilberte Pascal
Christian Aligny Christian Aligny ... Jean Dechamps (as Cristian Aleny)
Bernard Rigal Bernard Rigal ... Cancelliere Séguier
Melù Valente Melù Valente ... Charlotte Roannes
Lucio Rama Lucio Rama ... Moulinet
Mario Bardelli Mario Bardelli ... Matematico Pierre Petit
Claude Baks Claude Baks ... Cartesio


Blaise Pascal struggles to understand the natural world around him, in addition to an inner quest for religious faith. Written by Wheeler Winston Dixon

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Italy | France



Release Date:

16 May 1972 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Blaise Pascal See more »

Filming Locations:

Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Pascal invented the first bus in 1662. See more »


Blaise Pascal: Since God is infinitely incomprehensible, then understanding him by means of reason is a contradiction in terms. It is not because our reason is limited that we should have a limited idea of God. God is or he is not. Reason can decide nothing here except to admit there is an infinity of things beyond understanding.
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A Mathematician's Point of View
18 December 2017 | by henryhertzhobbitSee all my reviews

I started this film by watching the movie "The Flowers of Saint Francis" which is of course is in Italian before it at TCM. Not knowing who Rosselini is I was surprised to see that this film is in French with subtitles. It is a bit long but Rosselini did a fair job on most aspects but one. It didn't show how Blaise Pascal used his analytical mathematical mind as applied through the Jansenist movement of the Catholic church to shatter certain dogmatic beliefs of that church. Pascal was highly influential in changing religious beliefs which were rigorously thought out by him. Even novices could see his thinking was better.

I noticed another reviewer mentioning the Pascal programming language. The Pascal computer language was used primarily by colleges and universities to develop analytical thinking. It never was widely used for real world purposes due to its lack of modularity.

What I was surprised not to see was Pascal's Triangle. I could care less that it was known by earlier civilizations like Arabs, Indians, and others before then. Pascal didn't know that so he reinvented it. Besides Pascal's Triangle being applied to the binomial coefficients it is also used in other areas of Mathematics like Algebra, Combinatorics and what Pascal used it for which was Probability. I really do have a degree in Mathematics so I was disappointed that the film tried to show religious and other conflicts just to spice it up. It could have been done better on this aspect to show how truly remarkable Blaise Pascal was in shaping a new direction the world went that was just as influential as what Rene Descartes did in Philosophy. They missed the mark by focusing too much on conflicts with others.

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