Directed by Joseph Losey
Directed by Joseph Losey
Fiddler on the Roof's Topol and a wish-list cast of British theatrical aristocracy, including Sir John Gielgud (Arthur, Becket), Patrick Magee (A Clockwork Orange), Edward Fox (The Day of the Jackal), and Tom Conti (Reuben, Reuben), ground Bertolt Brecht's famous theatrical imagination in a precise, character-rich interpretation of the troubled life and anxious times of 17th century physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei. Under director Joseph Losey (who originated the American stage version of Galileo in 1947), The American Film Theatre's Galileo focuses on Brecht's characteristic mosaic of theatricality and immediacy into a personalized and keenly cinematic drama that pits public responsibility against private doubt.
Challenged by a new student, tutor and theorist Galileo co-opts emerging telescope technology and discovers irrefutable proof of the heretical notion that the earth is not the center of the universe. But in a rigid society ruled by an uneasy alliance of aristocracy and clergy already undermined by the Plague and the Reformation, science is a threat and enlightenment is a luxury. Faced with either death at the hands of the Inquisition or recantation to a hypocritical but all-powerful Papacy, Galileo must choose between his own life and the restless scientific curiosity that he has spurned family, friends, and wealth to pursue.
In Galileo, director Losey (Eva, The Go-Between, The Servant), an exile of the Hollywood blacklist himself, creates a uniquely affecting portrait of discovery, heresy, compromise, and exile. Neither coward nor hero, Brecht's Galileo reveals the troubling human side of the struggle between science, government, and religion.
DVD Extras Include:
- An interview with Topol
- Theatrical trailer
- "Bertolt Brecht and Galileo" - an essay by Michael Feingold, Chief Theater Critic, The Village Voice
- The AFT Cinebill for Galileo
- Ely Landau: In Front of the Camera -- AFT Promotional Reel - 1974
- The American Film Theatre Trailer Gallery -- Includes a complete list of the AFT films
- The American Film Theatre scrapbook
- Enhanced for 16 X 9 TVs
"Taste, class and a first-rate cast...Landau and Losey have brought off an admirable film." - Variety
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