IL MESTIERE DELLE ARMI

by Ermanno Olmi
IL MESTIERE DELLE ARMI - IL MESTIERE DELLE ARMI

Informations

Nation: Italy, France, Germany, Bulgaria

Year: 2001

Length: 105'

36° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

The young Giovanni de’ Medici was captain of the Papal army in the campaign against the Lansquenets of Charles V, Emperor of the Germans, who swarmed into Italy under the command of General Zorzo Frundsberg. Giovanni de’ Medici was fought over by princes for his great experience in the profession of arms. He loves life and he is favored by chance and by women. He has no thought of death, which fills him with illusions to take him unawares. He was ruined by the introduction of firearms.

Director

Ermanno Olmi

Ermanno Olmi

Ermanno Olmi (Bergamo, Italy, 1931 - Asiago, Vicenza, Italy, 2018) made various documentaries about industrial production while working at Edison. In 1959, he shot his first feature film, Time Stood Still, and in 1963,  I fidanzati, which confirmed his interest in the world of ordinary people and daily life. In 1978, he won the Golden Palm in Cannes with The Tree of Wooden Clogs. After an illness forced him to stop working, he founded the school Ipotesi Cinema. After resuming his activity as a director, he won the Golden Globe and nine David di Donatello awards for The Profession of Arms.  In 2008, he received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. In 2014, on the one hundredth anniversary of the start of WWI, he directed Torneranno i prati, and in 2017, he made his final movie, Vedete, sono uno di voi.

Filmography:
Dialogo di un venditore di almanacchi e di un passeggiere (cm, 1954), Il tempo si è fermato (1959), I fidanzati (1963), I recuperanti (1969), La circostanza (1974), L’albero degli zoccoli (1978), La leggenda del santo bevitore (1988), Il segreto del bosco vecchio (1993), Il mestiere delle armi (2000), Cantando dietro i paraventi (2003), Centochiodi (2006), Terra madre (doc., 2009), Torneranno i prati (2014), Vedete, sono uno di voi (doc., 2017).

Cast and Credits

regia, soggetto, sceneggiatura/director, story, screenplay
Ermanno Olmi
fotografia/cinematography
Fabio Olmi
montaggio/film editing
Paolo Cottignola
scenografia/production design
Luigi Silvio Marchione
costumi/costume design
Francesca Sartori
musica/music
Fabio Vacchi
suono/sound
Francesco Liotard
interpreti e personaggio/cast and characters
Hristo Jivkov (Giovanni de’ Medici), Sergio Grammatico (Federico Gonzaga), Dimitar Ratchkov (Luc’Antonio Cuppano), Sasa Vulicevic (Pietro Aretino), Dessy Tenekedjieva (Maria de’ Medici)
produttori/producers
Luigi Musini, Roberto Cicutto
produzione/production
Cinemaundici, Rai Cinema, Studiocanal, Taurusproduktion

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contatti/contacts
Cineteca Nazionale
[email protected]
www.fondazionecsc.it

Director statement

“This film tells of a time when man was himself, in his body, a ‘war machine.’ His power lay solely in the strength of his muscles and his dueling ability. The sword of the warrior was nothing but an extension of his arm. The fighter measured himself against his adversary looking him in the eyes. The contestants […] already knew each other, or were forced to recognize one another. In direct combat, they tried to affirm their personal supremacy, sometimes out of hatred and contempt, other times with mutual respect.”

Synopsis Learn more

The young Giovanni de’ Medici was captain of the Papal army in the campaign against the Lansquenets of Charles V, Emperor of the Germans, who swarmed into Italy under the command of General Zorzo Frundsberg. Giovanni de’ Medici was fought over by princes for his great experience in the profession of arms. He loves life and he is favored by chance and by women. He has no thought of death, which fills him with illusions to take him unawares. He was ruined by the introduction of firearms.

Director All about direction

Ermanno Olmi

Ermanno Olmi

Ermanno Olmi (Bergamo, Italy, 1931 - Asiago, Vicenza, Italy, 2018) made various documentaries about industrial production while working at Edison. In 1959, he shot his first feature film, Time Stood Still, and in 1963,  I fidanzati, which confirmed his interest in the world of ordinary people and daily life. In 1978, he won the Golden Palm in Cannes with The Tree of Wooden Clogs. After an illness forced him to stop working, he founded the school Ipotesi Cinema. After resuming his activity as a director, he won the Golden Globe and nine David di Donatello awards for The Profession of Arms.  In 2008, he received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. In 2014, on the one hundredth anniversary of the start of WWI, he directed Torneranno i prati, and in 2017, he made his final movie, Vedete, sono uno di voi.

Filmography:
Dialogo di un venditore di almanacchi e di un passeggiere (cm, 1954), Il tempo si è fermato (1959), I fidanzati (1963), I recuperanti (1969), La circostanza (1974), L’albero degli zoccoli (1978), La leggenda del santo bevitore (1988), Il segreto del bosco vecchio (1993), Il mestiere delle armi (2000), Cantando dietro i paraventi (2003), Centochiodi (2006), Terra madre (doc., 2009), Torneranno i prati (2014), Vedete, sono uno di voi (doc., 2017).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, soggetto, sceneggiatura/director, story, screenplay
Ermanno Olmi
fotografia/cinematography
Fabio Olmi
montaggio/film editing
Paolo Cottignola
scenografia/production design
Luigi Silvio Marchione
costumi/costume design
Francesca Sartori
musica/music
Fabio Vacchi
suono/sound
Francesco Liotard
interpreti e personaggio/cast and characters
Hristo Jivkov (Giovanni de’ Medici), Sergio Grammatico (Federico Gonzaga), Dimitar Ratchkov (Luc’Antonio Cuppano), Sasa Vulicevic (Pietro Aretino), Dessy Tenekedjieva (Maria de’ Medici)
produttori/producers
Luigi Musini, Roberto Cicutto
produzione/production
Cinemaundici, Rai Cinema, Studiocanal, Taurusproduktion

**
contatti/contacts
Cineteca Nazionale
[email protected]
www.fondazionecsc.it

Director statement Read more

“This film tells of a time when man was himself, in his body, a ‘war machine.’ His power lay solely in the strength of his muscles and his dueling ability. The sword of the warrior was nothing but an extension of his arm. The fighter measured himself against his adversary looking him in the eyes. The contestants […] already knew each other, or were forced to recognize one another. In direct combat, they tried to affirm their personal supremacy, sometimes out of hatred and contempt, other times with mutual respect.”