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The Life of Leonardo Da Vinci 

La vita di Leonardo da Vinci (original title)
Miniseries dramatizing the life of the Italian Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519).




Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »




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


This Italian masterpiece directed by Renato Castellani, with a cost of over 25 million dollars, was shot using 100 actors/actresses, 500 extras, and many of the actual locations where Da Vinci lived, worked, and dreamed. Who was Leonardo da Vinci, and what are the secrets behind his genius? This landmark film offers an exciting look into the mystery, myth, and genius of this once-a-century figure. Lavishly shot with a cast of hundreds in many of the actual locations where da Vinci lived, worked, and dreamed, The Life of Leonardo da Vinci is a complete immersion into da Vinci's world. Witness his most historic triumphs, including the creation of The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa, paintings that have become embedded in our collective consciousness. Based on eyewitness accounts, historical evidence, and informed speculation, this richly photographed film adds compelling brushstrokes to the immortal da Vinci legend.

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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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Everyone should see this, marveles and very memorable !!!
13 January 2015 | by emilklemanSee all my reviews

When I was about 8 years old, I was able to see this 5-part TV-serial in my country with an excellent guide, Czech actor Mr. Eduard Cupák and I can not fortge many details. I felt in love with Leonardo since then.

However, it is so long I saw this serial (still in black and white), plus I was so young, that I wish so much to see it once more again. But I do not know, If there will be any possibility for me. I am shure, I woulddiscover many new lines, pathes and details...

It hanged my wiev in life and I have red much more about Leonardo and about many more inventors and artists since then. I even made a special trip ti Vinci in Italy to see his birthplace and first home... I could see much of what I can see on his Mona Lisa painting...

I would recommend this serial to everybody who likes Leonardo and want to know more about him!

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Release Date:

13 August 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I, Leonardo See more »

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(5 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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