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The Profession of Arms

The Profession of Arms

A Feature film by Ermanno Olmi

Release in France : 30/01/2002


    February 1526, the signing of the Madrid Treaty. Francis 1 must relinquish Burgandy, Milan and Naples in order to be released from prison. As soon as he’s free, he proposes a modification to the treaty’s clause concerning Burgundy. Charles V, the German Emperor, refuses and prepares his army for war.
    Although only 28, Giovanni de Medici is already the captain of the papal army and goes into battle when Quint’s lansquenets invade Italy under General Frundsberg’s orders.
    Despite his young age, Giovanni de Medici commands the respect of princes and popes who fight over him because of his qualities as soldier and his “great experience in the profession of arms”.
    Death is foreign to this man who loves life and women, and yet he already belongs to it. Death fools the fearless by hiding, all the better to surprise them.
    Firearms will be Giovanni’s downfall and death will strike him in the back.

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    News agency (France) :

    Le Public Système Cinéma

    Foreign production companies :

    Rai Cinema, Cinema 11 Undici, Taurusproduktion

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    Bac Films Distribution

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    Screenwriter :

    Ermanno Olmi

    Director of Photography :

    Fabio Olmi

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Bruno Barde, Sophie Bataille

    Production Designer :

    Luigi Marchione

    Costume designer :

    Francesca Sartori

    Foreign producers :

    Roberto Cicutto, Luigi Musini, Alexander Metodiev

    Sound Recordist :

    Francesco Liotard

    Editor :

    Paolo Cottignola

    Music Composer :

    Fabio Vacchi

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    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    Italy, Germany, France

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    Minority French (Italy, Germany, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 45 min

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