Bertolt Brecht's Galileo [DVD] [1975]

Filmed in England, Galileo is based on Charles Laughton's 1947 adaptation of the play by Bertolt Brecht, which, like this 1975 film, was directed by Joseph Losey. Israeli film-star Topol plays the 17th-century Italian astronomer, whose theories run contrary to the edicts of the Catholic Church. Forced to renounce his ideas about planetary movement, Galileo nonetheless holds fast to those beliefs to the end of his days, certain that time will vindicate him. Brecht's trademarked "alienation" technique, wherein the audience is constantly reminded that it is watching a play, is muted by Losey's cerebral direction. Galileo was one of producer Ely Landau's American Film Theatre presentations.
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Overview

Special Features

  • An interview with Topol
  • Theatrical trailer
  • "Bertolt Brecht and Galileo" - an essay by Michael Feingold, Chief Theatre 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 16x9 TVs

Synopsis

Galileo
Filmed in England, Galileo is based on Charles Laughton's 1947 adaptation of the play by Bertolt Brecht, which, like this 1975 film, was directed by Joseph Losey. Israeli film-star Topol plays the 17th century Italian astronomer, whose theories run contrary to the edicts of the Catholic Church. Forced to renounce his ideas about planetary movement, Galileo nonetheless holds fast to those beliefs to the end of his days, certain that time will vindicate him. Brecht's trademarked "alienation" technique, wherein the audience is constantly reminded that it is watching a play, is muted by Losey's cerebral direction. Galileo was one of producer Ely Landau's American Film Theatre presentations. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Topol
    Topol - Galileo Galilei
  • Colin Blakely
    Colin Blakely - Priuli
  • Georgia Brown
    Georgia Brown - Ballad Singer's Wife
  • Clive Revill
    Clive Revill - Ballad Singer
  • Margaret Leighton
    Margaret Leighton - Court Lady
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