The age of the Medici

The age of the Medici

DVD - 2009 | Italian
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Like a Renaissance painting come to life and gives a portrait of fifteenth-century Florence, ruled by the Medici political dynasty. Focuses on two of the city's leading citizens: banker Cosimo de' Medici and art theorist Leon Battista Alberti.

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mikemarotta
Sep 09, 2013

For the story of Cosimo de Medici which included Machievalli, this was painfully slow. If Andy Warhol had filmed Cosimo de Medici sleeping, it would have looked a lot like this.

Soldiers surround the Florentine senate, but are talked out of slaughter, and it is no more exciting than your co-workers picking a restaurant to walk to for lunch. The pope flees for his life, chased down the road by assassins, but we only hear of it second-hand, from someone who apparently did not care one way or the other.

The production seems to have been in Italian and the sound track is in Italian, but the work looks dubbed. Perhaps they recorded the dialog off-stage and added the sound track later.

But I agree that the costumes were terrific, right off the canvases.

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