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Rossellini’s History Films - Renaissance and Enlightenment: Blaise Pascal, The Age of the Medici, Cartesius

Synopsis
"In 1963, Rossellini announced that he had abandoned cinema and would start working in television. He directed nine telefilms on historical subjects and six short documentaries, claiming TV could be used as an educational device" (Hugo Salas, Senses of Cinema). Included in this boxed set are three of Roberto Rossellini’s boldest attempts at deconstructing cultural history.

BLAISE PASCAL (Italy/France, 1972, 129 mins.) is a finely detailed portrait of the17th-century French religious philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal, as well as a speculation on the nature of knowledge, cultural development, substance, space and time.

With a script based on 15th-century Florentine texts, THE AGE OF THE MEDICI (Italy, 1973, 255 mins.) furthers Rossellini’s exploration of the artistic, social, economic and political forces that extend into our modern world. The three-part Medici project consists of THE EXILE OF COSIMO, THE POWER OF COSIMO, and LEON BATTISTA ALBERTI

CARTESIUS (Italy/France, 1974, 162 mins.) is about mathematician, scientist, and writer Rene Descartes (1596-1650), the "father of modern philosophy." In French and Italian with optional English subtitles.

DVD extras include notes by Tag Gallagher, author of ‘The Adventures of Roberto Rossellini: His Life and Times’
Series
Eclipse Series, No 14
Language
French (Standard); Italian (Standard) (French/Italian with optional English subtitles)
Country
France; Italy
Year of release
2009
Year of production
1972-1974
Subjects
French studies; History; Italian studies; Philosophy
Keywords
Enlightenment; Pascal, Blaise; philosophy of science; Renaissance; philosophers; Descartes, Rene; Medici, Cosimo de’

Credits

Director
Roberto Rossellini (1906-177)

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 1
Price
$59.95
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
546 minutes
Year
2009

Sections

Title
Blaise Pascal
Synopsis
In this evocative, atmospheric biography, Rossellini brings to life philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal, who, amid religious persecution and ignorance, believed in a harmony between God and science. (1972).
Duration
129 mins

Title
Age of the Medici, The
Synopsis
A 3-part series like a Renaissance painting come to life: a portrait of fifteenth-century Florence, ruled by the Medici political dynasty. With a score from composer Manuel de Sica. (1973).
Duration
255 mins

Title
Cartesius
Synopsis
As profoundly simple as its hero’s famous statement "I think, therefore I am," Roberto Rossellini’s Cartesius is an intimate, psychological study of obsession and existential crisis. (1974)
Duration
162 mins

Production Company

Name

Criterion Films

Email
http://www.criterion.com/order_support
Web
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Address
Attn: Jon Mulvaney
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New York
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USA

Distributor

Name

Facets Multi-media Inc.

Email
sales@facets.org
Web
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Phone
+1 773 281 9045
Fax
+1 773 929 5437
Address
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USA
Notes
A pioneering US distributor of over 65,000 international, animated, independent, art, classic, documentary, silent, and experimental films on DVD, some of them exclusive to the Facets label.

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