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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 »


Ermanno Olmi


Ermanno Olmi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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


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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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 »


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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An artistic movie, not an action movie
5 August 2006 | by Riders-In-The-SkySee all my reviews

It is not an "easy" film. If you are searching for an adventure film, or a "kolossal", you don't find it here. But this is a beautiful movie by the artistic side, you need to watch it with calm and patience, like you have to watch a picture of a famous painter. The plot is carried out like touches of brush, the characters are "painted" over a background of ethereal landscapes, nearly soft. So, why my vote is only a 7/10? This is just because the movie is not easy, perhaps too slow for a "normal" vision. After all when I watch a movie, often, specially when I'm tired at the end of a hard day, I need to relax myself, while this movie needs much attention. I don't think you can watch it without a little of concentration, at least the first time. Like you look at a painting.

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11 May 2001 (Italy) See more »

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El oficio de las armas See more »

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Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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