Galileo (1968 film)

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Directed by Liliana Cavani
Produced by Rizzoli Film
Fenice Cinematografica
Written by Liliana Cavani
Tullio Pinelli
Fabrizio Onofri
Starring Cyril Cusack
Georgi Kaloyanchev
Piero Vida
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Alfio Contini
Edited by Nino Baragli
Ana Manolova-Pipeva
Distributed by Rizzoli Film
Release date
Running time
95 min
Country Italy
Language Italian

Galileo (also known as Galileo Galilei) is a 1968 Italian-Bulgarian biographical drama film directed by Liliana Cavani. It depicts the life of Galileo Galilei and particularly his clash with the Catholic Church regarding the interpretation of his astronomical observations with the newly invented telescope.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

In 1597 the scientist Galileo Galilei meets the philosopher Giordano Bruno, author of treatises that upset the Church for their extreme accuracy on the nature of the world. In fact the period is that of the oppressor and the Counter-Reformation and Bruno having worsened his relations with the Church, is unjustly tried and condemned to the stake. Meanwhile, Galileo discovers the telescope, a gift from a friend, and perfects its potential. Thanks to it, therefore the scientist makes his first experiments on the stars and began to write his treatises. But the new Pope Urbano VIII and his beloved cardinal discover these theories, find them heretical and order the scientist to recant publicly and to

allow his lyrics are declared heretics and burned at the stake.


Home media[edit]

Galileo was released in 2010 as a Region 2 DVD.[2] A Region 1 DVD has not been released.

See also[edit]

  • Galileo is a 1975 English language film based on Bertolt Brecht's play Galileo. See the article by Cristina Olivotto and Antonella Testa for a comparison of the 1968 and 1975 films.[3]


  1. ^ Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia; Mario Pecorari. Dizionario del cinema italiano. I film. Gremese Editore, 1992. ISBN 8876055932. 
  2. ^ Galileo (DVD (region 2)). Medusa. 2010. OCLC 701711998.  In Italian with English subtitles.
  3. ^ Olivotto, Cristina; Testa, Antonella (December 2010). "Galileo and the Movies". Physics in Perspective. 12 (4): 372–395. Bibcode:2010PhP....12..372O. doi:10.1007/s00016-010-0027-4. (Subscription required (help)). 

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