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Cartesius (1974)

This made for television film chronicles the illustrious life of French philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650)

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Roberto Rossellini
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ugo Cardea Ugo Cardea ... René Descartes
Anne Pouchie Anne Pouchie ... Elezac
Claude Berthy Claude Berthy ... Guez de Balzac
Gabriele Banchero Gabriele Banchero ... Servo Bretagne
Charles Borromel Charles Borromel ... Abate Marin Mersenne
Kenneth Belton Kenneth Belton ... Isaak Beeckman
Renato Montalbano Renato Montalbano ... Constantin Huygens
Bruno Corazzari ... Ufficiale olandese
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Astronomo Ciprus
John Stacy John Stacy ... Levasseur d'Etoiles
Joshua Sinclair ... Brandaccio
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matilde Antonelli Matilde Antonelli
Penny Ashton Penny Ashton
Camillo Autore Camillo Autore
Angelo Bassi Angelo Bassi
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This made for television film chronicles the illustrious life of French philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650)

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Biography | History

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

20 February 1974 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Descartes See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Yes He Was, Therefore He Is
19 February 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I rented this because I found it on a list of impressive foreign films. As far as any attempt at adventure or cinematography, other than a still camera, there is very little. When the woman tries to dump the wash water one of Descartes' friends, that's about as much action as one gets. Still, it is really cerebral and it's a way of putting forth the ideas of one of the world's great thinkers. I believe that when one embraced science, it could be very risky. Yet, rather than being executed, this man had options; mostly to find a place that accepted him or at least tolerated him. The church has been the biggest enemy to intellect throughout time and here it is no exception. I did plot through this, but I felt that it taught me something.


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