Director: Joseph Losey Cast: Topol, Colin Blakely, Georgia Brown

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/11/2003
UPC: 0738329029227
Original Release: 1975
Rating: PG
Source: Kino Video
Presentation: [Letterbox]
Time: 2:18:00

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Topol Galileo Galilei
Colin Blakely Priuli
Georgia Brown Ballad Singer's Wife
Clive Revill Ballad Singer
Margaret Leighton Court Lady
John Gielgud Old Cardinal
Michael Gough Sagredo
Tim Woodward Ludovico
Judy Parfitt Angelica Sarti
Mary Larkin Virginia
Tom Conti Andrea Sarti
Edward Fox Cardinal Inquisitor
Michel Lonsdale Cardinal Barberini
Patrick Magee Cardinal Bellarrnin
John McEnery Federzoni
Richard O'Callaghan Fulganzio
Madeline Smith Lady
James Aubrey Actor

Technical Credits
Joseph Losey Director,Screenwriter
Reginald Beck Editor
Barbara Bray Screenwriter
Richard Hartley Score Composer
Ely Landau Producer
Richard MacDonald Production Designer
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Otto Plaschkes Producer
Michael Reed Cinematographer
Henry T. Weinstein Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. "I Predict..." [10:01]
2. A "New" Invention [9:25]
3. "I Believe in Reason" [11:54]
4. A Confirmation [11:15]
5. "Foolish, Absurd and Heretical." [8:51]
6. "Should I Lie to Your People?" [13:08]
7. Galileo & Apprentices [8:48]
8. "I Have to Know." [11:34]
9. All Fools' Day [8:53]
10. The Duke & the Pope [3:03]
11. Galileo Recants [8:44]
12. A Pupil or an Enemy [8:29]
13. "I Betrayed My Calling." [8:50]

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