Recounts the life and loves of the physician, astrologer, and famed prognosticator; his encounters with medieval science and the Inquisition; and his early struggles with his visions of the future. This movie is set in France in the sixteenth century during one of the periodic plague outbreaks (as opposed to the Black Death (mid fourteenth century Europe) or the Black Plague (mid seventeenth century London, England)). This movie depicts Michel Nostradamus' (Tchéky Karyo's) rise in influence, because of his success in treating the plague and his predictions, culminating in his appointment as court physician to Charles IX of France.Written by
Rutger Hauer and F. Murray Abraham appeared in Surviving the Game (1994). See more »
Nostradamus' medical teacher at the university goes from functioning perfectly well to dead from plague within seconds. No disease kills that quickly, not even the most virulent types of plague or fever. Although he had been concealing his illness. See more »
I only saw this film a few days ago and was struck by the beauty of the film as a whole. I found it neither boring, nor disjointed. Instead I was amazed at the man's life, the portrayal of the religious fear and bigotry of the time, and the terror of the plague. While I assume much of it can be put down to artistic licence, I come away from the film understanding more about the man, especially the fact that he wasn't some grizzled old madman.
I loved it, only finding Rutger Hauer's section somewhat unnecessary and peripheral, and his vision of the distant future too stylised. I would like to have known more about the rest of his life after the death of the King though...
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