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Giordano Bruno (Giuliano Montaldo,1973)
« on: 19 Sep 2007 - 22:40 »

Just caved in and bought the italian only release of this about the philosopher burnt at the stake in Rome in 1600. I've wanted to see this for a long time as I read two books about the figure about 15 years ago. I've tried to find an english copy of this a few times before and have finally given up and will just have to muddle through the italian. I fear this is going to be a talky one too. I feel a bit of a dick buying a disc I won't understand but i've been on a medievil torture and Inquisition trip lately what with Beatrice Cenci and Flavia the Heretic and this film has been nagging my brain for some time.

Anyone seen it?


Starring Gian Maria Volonte and Charlotte Rampling

Music: Ennio Morricone

DVD: Surf Video

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Re: Giordano Bruno (Giuliano Montaldo,1973)
« Reply #1 on: 20 Sep 2007 - 09:09 »

This sounds good,i'll have to try and track an English copy down soon.
Also if you like medievil torture/witchburning films try and see Paul Naschy's excellent INQUISITION which is very well made and was his directorial debut.
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Re: Giordano Bruno (Giuliano Montaldo,1973)
« Reply #2 on: 20 Sep 2007 - 20:05 »

Don't know if there will be many exploitation moments in this but the IMDB has "full frontal female nudity" as a keyword so fingers crossed  :D
If you do ever find an english copy i'd love to see it! Have'nt found that much about it on the net but the Morricone score seems to be a good one. Guess i'll find out in a week or so.

Do you think Naschy's Inquisition will see a DVD release?
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Re: Giordano Bruno (Giuliano Montaldo,1973)
« Reply #3 on: 22 Sep 2007 - 22:16 »

Do you think Naschy's Inquisition will see a DVD release?

Doesn't look like it will according to some of the posts i've read at the Naschy forum over at Laternia,a shame as this is very well made and holds your interest.There's a few bootleg discs of it about,the best is the Midnight Video dvd which is English language and full frame but looks good.


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Re: Giordano Bruno (Giuliano Montaldo,1973)
« Reply #4 on: 05 Oct 2007 - 23:48 »

I finally got a chance to sit down and watch Giordano Bruno last night after a busy week or so. A bit of a mixed bag this one, i struggled through it in italian and was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to follow what was going on.

The first thing I noticed while the credits were running at the start was that the cinematographer was none other than Vittorio Storaro (who we all know from the Fifth Cord, Crystal Plumage, Apocalypse Now, etc) and he really went to town in this one. This is a very lavish affair with simply stunning Venetian and Roman locations, the lighting and shot compositions are beautiful; lots of expansive shots of monochrome 16th century palaces with vivid red and purple clergymen everywhere. He uses a lot of natural daylight streaming through church windows and strong golden light in many of the evening scenes. It really is something to see. Think a late medieval/renaissance Fifth Cord and you'd be about right  :'(

As for the plot, it is very talky. Being familiar with the character I sort of knew what was going on but it did seem very dry without much in the way of action or thrills. There is a little nudity and a couple of scenes of mild grue, but that's not what the film is about. It deals with the incarceration and trial of the heretic philosopher who enraged the church with his theories on the universe. Having fled Italy he would be a guest at various european courts including that of Elizabeth 1 (who makes a brief flashback appearance) before somewhat inexplicably returning to Venice where he was swiftly arrested and jailed for 7 years before being found guilty of heresy. 

Gian Maria Volonte is great as expected, he plays the role from a manic womanising drunk to a weary defeated intellectual with gusto, always seeming immersed in the role. Charlotte Rampling is really only a minor character who only features in the first half hour or so, and the rest of the cast are good mainly as priest and inquisition characters.

Morricone's score is perfectly suited for the movie, it sounds very similar to the music in Designated Victim in places. There's a lot of traditional Latin hymns and choral chants as well which really help the foreboding aura of it all.

The dvd is really nice quality. 16:9, the picture is very sharp and vibrant which really enhances Storaro's work, only during the opening credits is there grain on the image, I guess they used an export print for the bulk of the film and an italian opening like in the Beatrice Cenci disc.

I'd love to see an English language version of this; either subbed or dubbed. If anyone tracks one down i'd love a copy  :D , i'd recommend seeing this to you all at least once for the beautiful and creative cinematography.
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« Reply #5 on: 02 Oct 2008 - 11:02 »

Hi! I'm new and I'm also looking for the English version of Giuliano Montaldo's film "Giordano Bruno" (1973).  I provided the English voice (Wolverhampton accent) for Gian Maria Volonté, as well as several other characters.  The dubbed version was especially for the US market because, at the time, subtitled films had/(have?) a very rough time, so we had to offer exceptionally accurate lip sync.  Even G. Montaldo doesn't have a copy of the English version, so I'm just hoping that someone out there does, and can copy it for me.  As people have said, it's a very 'wordy' film and we had quite a battle to keep our version literate AND entertaining.
Wonder if anyone can help me....   Roger Worrod.  ;)
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Re: Giordano Bruno (Giuliano Montaldo,1973)
« Reply #6 on: 02 Oct 2008 - 14:04 »

Great to have you on the forum Roger, you must share some more info with us about your dubbing work - any tales to tell?

I'll keep an eye out the the English dub as I don't have it. Hopefully someone will be able to help though.
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Re: Giordano Bruno (Giuliano Montaldo,1973)
« Reply #7 on: 02 Oct 2008 - 15:12 »

Roger - what other Euro titles did you dub on? Sorry I can't help you with English version of Giordano Bruno.
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« Reply #8 on: 22 Nov 2008 - 02:02 »

Sorry it took so long to get back to you  - still working double time!  Most of the films I dubbed and/or acted in in Rome were in the late 60s and throughout the 70s.  There were quite a few films in Italian where they needed someone to speak Italian with an American, Russian, South African accent, while the English-language versions were sometimes excellent versions of excellent films and other times attempts to turn Euro-soups into something acceptable to an average or even a discerning audience.  Sometimes the original dialogue was so... erm, let's be polite... was so awful, that we tried to improve the intellectual level: either the specialist who wrote the lip-sinc English or, in rare cases, the whole of the dubbing cast. In a couple of the 'Black Emmanuelle' films, we created scenes of sub-Wildean quality that made the whole cinema poor relation fun to do, above and beyond the pay check.  I've recently managed to buy a copy of 'The Kiss of the Cobra', directed by Massimo Pirri: in English with Finnish subtitles, but it's the first time I've seen it in its entirety; in a completely different vein, I've at last got hold of an English version of 'Altrimenti ci arrabbiamo' (Terence Hill & Bud Spencer) where I revoiced John Sharpe, another English actor...  I'll try and get back to you in a couple of weeks, if you're interested.  cheers, Roger Worrod javascript:void(0);
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