In the final phase of his career, Italian master Roberto Rossellini embarked on a dramatic, daunting project: a series of politically minded television films about knowledge and history, made in an effort to teach, where contemporary media was failing. Looking at the Western world's major figures and moments, yet focusing on the small details of daily life, Rossellini was determined not to recount history but to bring it back to life, as it might have been, unadorned but full of the drama of the everyday. This Eclipse selection of Rossellini's history films presents Blaise Pascal, the three-part The Age of the Medici, and Cartesius-works that don't just enliven the past but illuminate the ideas that brought us to where we are today.
Includes the films: The Age of the Medici, Blaise Pascal, and Cartesius
Notes on the films by Tag Gallagher, author of
The Adventures of Roberto Rossellini: His Life