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|CARTESIUS (TV MOVIE) (director/writer: Roberto Rossellini; screenwriter: Marcella Mariani/Renzo Rossellini/Luciano Scaffa; cinematographer: Mario Montuori; editor: Jolanda Benvenuti; music: Mario Nascimbene; cast: Ugo Cardea (Rene Descartes), Kenneth Belton (Isaak Beeckman); Runtime: 155; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Roberto Rossellini; Luce DVD-PAL format; 1974-Italy-in Italian with English subtitles)|
by Dennis Schwartz
arthouse biopic TV movie of Rene Descartes, the 17th
century French philosopher and mathematician, famous
for saying "I think, therefore I am".
Efficiently directed and co-written by Roberto
Rossellini ("Socrates"/"Stromboli"/"Open City").
Unfortunately it never excites. The great Italian
film-maker in his later years made historical TV
movies about leaders in the Renaissance and
Enlightenment periods, that were meant to
be teaching devices and are well-researched for their
accuracy. The enacted dramatization is filled with
small details about the wealthy curious Catholic's
intelligent life as an explorer for truth and a man of
reason, and it adequately covers the heated theological debates in
Europe at the end of the Reformation.
most of his adult life in the Dutch Republic, as he
became one of the key figures in the Scientific
no-nonsense biopic gives you in a nutshell the
introverted great man's views on rationalism and lets
you see how he interacted with a few of the other
great thinkers of the time.
REVIEWED ON 3/16/2013 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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