The Age of the Medici (1973)
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I have been Obsessed by the Reach's & Influences of Both the Medici & Borgia Families for as long back as I can remember.From Pirates to the Worlds Bankers, to become Popes & Monarch's & the most influential Luminaries of Art & Politics of Europe during the Renaissance.This was done by Roberto Rossellini & so informative.I wish one of the Networks would play it or remake it as so few know the History as they should
In 1963, the most influential director in the history of European cinema at the time declared cinema was dead and that going forward he would only make television shows with the sole purpose of educating viewers about history. Art be damned. He would make these cheaply, on two-week shooting schedules, and with non-actors. Age of Medici last night (a 4.5 hour epic shot with a $750,000 shoestring budget) felt like I was discovering a brand new kind of cinema. These non-actors who appear to be reading their lines from off-stage cue cards pop and crackle off the screen like live wires of knowledge within immutable backdrops of Renaissance art. It's an even more radical approach to acting than Bresson's. I have no idea how Rossellini did it.
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