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The Profession of Arms (2001)

Il mestiere delle armi (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | 11 May 2001 (Italy)
The history of the first victim of modern artillery and its moving agony, amidst conspiracies and betrayals of the powerful. Life and death of Giovanni De' Medici, a young brave captain in ... See full summary »

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Ermanno Olmi

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Ermanno Olmi
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Christo Jivkov ... Giovanni de Medici dalle Bande Nere
Sergio Grammatico Sergio Grammatico ... Federico Gonzaga
Dimitar Ratchkov Dimitar Ratchkov ... Luc'Antonio Cuppano
Fabio Giubbani Fabio Giubbani ... Matteo Cusastro
Sasa Vulicevic Sasa Vulicevic ... Pietro Aretino
Dessy Tenekedjieva ... Maria Salviati de Medici (as Desislava Tenekedjieva)
Sandra Ceccarelli ... Nobildonna di Mantova
Franco Andreani Franco Andreani ... Ambasciatore di Carlo V
Kalin Arsov ... Barcarolo
Giancarlo Belelli Giancarlo Belelli ... Alfonso d'Este
Bruno Bendoni Bruno Bendoni ... Benedetto Agnello
Silvio Cappellini Silvio Cappellini ... Maestro Habram
Vittorio Corcelli Vittorio Corcelli ... Frate domenicano
Marco De Biagi Marco De Biagi ... Ercole d'Este
Alessandro Genovesi Alessandro Genovesi ... Ufficiale posto di guardia
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The history of the first victim of modern artillery and its moving agony, amidst conspiracies and betrayals of the powerful. Life and death of Giovanni De' Medici, a young brave captain in the war of Charles V against the Pope, in the first half of 1500. Written by Francesco Benzi <f.benzi@libero.it>

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Drama | History | War

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Based on the life of Italian military leader Giovanni Ludovico de' Medici (1498-1526), nicknamed Giovanni delle Bande Nere ("of the Black Bands"). The Black Bands were the elite companies he created; the name comes from their insignia, originally white and purple but blackened after the death of Pope Leone X. See more »

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Narrator: [in the beggining of the movie] Who created these horrible weapons? From there, the war and carnage started And the way to a cruel death was open. However, don't blame this miserable. We're the ones who don't know how to use what he gave us. To defend ourself from the wild animals.
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Il Mestiere delle armi
29 June 2008 | by d-b-g-heuserSee all my reviews

Beautiful, melancholy attempt to reconstitute the world of Renaissance Italy, focusing on a small battle which, it turns out, is of extreme strategic importance, as in winning it, the way was opened for the French to invade Italy and sack it mercilessly. We learn much about the early role of gunpowder warfare, but also of the fortunes and misfortunes of highly-placed personalities who, like their subjects, lived constantly vulnerable to illness, death and the misfortunes of others which could drag them down from the heights of power to the depths of misery and poverty. I recommend this also for teaching history!


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Italian

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11 May 2001 (Italy) See more »

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$55,926
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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