Genova   15/4/2002 - 21/4/2002

Genova - Museo Civico di Storia Naturale "G.Doria" - via Brigata Liguria, 9

Blaise Pascal

  1. Author: Roberto Rossellini, Marcella Mariani, Luciano Scaffa, Jean Dominique de La Rochefoucauld
  2. Director: Roberto Rossellini
  3. Editor: Jolanda Benvenuti
  4. Photography: Mario Fioretti
  5. Music: Mario Nascimbene
  6. Sound: Carlo Tarchi, Gianni Mazzarini
  7. Starring:
    Pierre Arditi
    Rita Perzano
    Giuseppe Addobbati
    Christian De Sica
    Livio Galassi
    Bruno Cattaneo
    Bepi Mannaiuolo
    Marco Bonetti
    Teresa Ricci
    Christian Aleny
    Bernard Rigal
    Melit Valente
    Lucio Rama
    Mario Bardella
    Claude Baks
    Anne Caprile
    Tullio Valli
    Edda Soligo
    Jean Dominique de La Rochefoucauld
  8. Production: Roberto Rossellini per Orizzonte 2000, per RAI-ORTF
  9. Executive Producer: Sergio Iacobis
  10. Italy
  11. 128 min.
  12. 1971

Blaise Pascal is part of a trilogy dedicated to men in science made at the beginning of the ‘70s by one of the best Italian directors, Roberto Rossellini, during a short period in which he was especially interested in science. The high quality of Blaise Pascal puts it amongst the best television projects ever produced in Italy; when it was first screened it had as many as sixteen million viewers: an astonishing success! The style of Blaise Pascal is very different from the modern fast television formats, but undoubtedly that is the right way to appreciate the character of the great scientist and thinker. The simple settings, fine dialogues and performances help us to understand the real nature of Pascal and his historical background. Pascal was one of the most versatile men in human history, and we are particularly struck by this skill, because our epoch is characterized by the difficulty of communication between different disciplines. A young Pascal is so experienced in physics and mathematics that he can talk about infinity with the famous Cartesius. The same Pascal will develop a sensitive spiritual life, due to his poor health, that will lead him towards the Jansenist ideas which originated in Port Royal abbey. Rossellini paints a lively portrait of Blaise, the man who proved that there is no conflict between pure science and true faith.

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