1470. Medici's family power has been consolidated over time. Lorenzo is called to take his father's place after an attempt on his life which reveals years of poor bank management from them.... See full summary »
A political, family drama set in Florence in the early 15th century. Cosimo de' Medici finds himself at the helm of his supremely wealthy, banking dynasty family, when his father, Giovanni dies suddenly. However Cosimo is concealing a dangerous secret - Giovanni was murdered. Now Cosimo and his brother must unearth his killer in order to protect the wealth and power of the family.Written by
Many scenes were shot in Florence. Thus, the scenes inside the Florence town hall (Palazzo Vecchio) were really made there, but against the background of frescoes performed a century later than the characters really lived. See more »
We see some constructions built indeed later than the described era (XVth century): the dome of the San Lorenzo Basilica, completed by 1604, the Vasari corridor (1565) in Florence, as well as the Venetian Church of Santa Maria della Salute (1681). See more »
The story, the cast, the location all promised a lot but the dialogue let the overall standard down. The early story of the growth of the Medici family to the height of influence in medieval Florence was told by switching the setting 20 years backwards and forwards, which made it tricky to grasp who all the characters were and what exactly was going on. The main characters of father and two sons were clear but you really need to know who the subsidiary characters are to get the full story. With that caveat the settings are gorgeous, the two brothers are well cast, Lorenzo in particular is good, and I hope that as the story progresses the other characters fall into focus. Historical accuracy is a bit hit and miss but quite honestly only to be expected.
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