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Pavia   22/3/2004 - 27/3/2004

Multisala Corallo-Ritz - via Bossolaro 15 - Pavia


Giordano Bruno

  1. Author: Lucio De Carlo, Giuliano Montaldo, Piergiovanni Anchisi
  2. Director: Giuliano Montaldo
  3. Editor: Antonio Siciliano
  4. Photography: VIttorio Storaro
  5. Music: Ennio Morricone
  6. Starring:
    Gian Maria Volonté
    Charlotte Rampling
    Hans Christian Blech
    Mathieu Carrière
    Alberto Plebani
    Franco Balducci
    Daniele Vargas
    Piero Vida
    Corrado Gaipa
    Giuseppe Maffioli
    Piero Anchisi
    Massimo Foschi
    Renato Scarpa
    Mario Bardella
    Cyrille Spiga
    Mark Burns
  7. Production: Carlo Ponti, Compagnia Cinematografica Champion, Des Films Concordia
  8. Executive Producer: Leonardo Pescarlo
  9. Italy
  10. 126 min.
  11. 1973

The film retraces the last years of Giordano Bruno’s (1548-1600) life. A former Dominican monk and philosopher, Bruno shares his personal views, nourished by pantheism and a personal concept of his two-faceted religion – one made for the people and one made of freedom and surpassing, reserved for higher individuals – with his friends and lover. Frightened by his host’s language and unorthodox habits, however, one of his guests, Giovanni Mocenigo, denounces Bruno to the Inquisition. Bruno thus dons his habit and faces his interrogators with pride. Despite the prelate’s opposition, Bruno is transferred to Rome, where he once again has the opportunity to state his ideas: truth and science against the Church and his refute of dogmas fundamental to Christianity. Despite Pope Clement VII’s and Cardinal Bellarmino’s support, Bruno is tortured and burned at the stake. Montaldo’s film, starring Gian Maria Volonté in a brilliant interpretation, is one of the very few dedicated to the great philosopher from Nola. Still an important figure in the history of philosophy, Bruno is especially recognised for his proud criticism of Aristotelian philosophy and his embracing of Neo-Platonism, both of which excluded a belief in transcendentalism and resulted in significant pantheistic tendencies that even touched upon true materialistic beliefs (Bruno accepted Neo-Platonism’s concept of the inability to truly comprehend God, recognizing, however, God’s objective essence and virtue in Nature). As man and intellectual, Bruno courageously and unmistakably exemplified free thought in opposition to power and he reflected the coherence of a moral endeavour fully and completely experienced as an existential undertaking. As such, above and beyond his personal research, Giordano Bruno is one of modern era’s greatest "heroes of thought.”

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