DVD - 2003
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This bio-pic is about Galileo, the 17th century Italian who laid the foundations of modern science. Galileo made himself one of the world's first telescopes and discovered the moons of Jupiter. He supported Copernicus' theory that the Earth revolved around the Sun. This brought him into conflict with the Catholic Church. By threatening him with torture, the Church forced him to recant his views in front of a tribunal, and sentenced him to house arrest. However, Galileo's trials and theories inspired others like Newton and Kepler to prove that the Earth was not the center of the Universe.


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Jan 01, 2019

Unfortunately, the disc I borrowed was unplayable between the 1:35 and 1:53 timings, and the sound of dialogue, not to mention of the boy-soprano trio's singing at the beginning of nearly every one of the play's 14 scenes, was muddy enough to prevent understanding a disturbing amount of it. Fortunately, I'd just read Brecht's play and so had a good grasp on what would have been a puzzling course of development, however good the acting by a truly distinguished cast of mostly English players. If a future edition of this American Film Theater production were to be issued with improved sound and/or undertitles, I'd think about seeing it again. Meanwhile, I'll be on the lookout for stage productions. --Ray Olson

Nov 25, 2018

To say that this bio-pic was clearly not the life-story about Galileo that I was hoping for would truly be an understatement like no other.

Considering the astronomical impact that Galileo's findings had on the foundations of modern science - I certainly think that he deserved much more respectful representation for his analytical investigations than this bit of mediocrity.

'Cause - Not only did this 1974 production have "Made-For-TV-Movie" written all over it - But, Topol's hammy, scenery-chewing performance (as the title character) reduced this 2-hour-20-minute bio-pic to the level of being an unbearable endurance test from the standpoint of this viewer. It really did.

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