Galileo (1968)


Galileo (1968)

A humble scientist from Padua proves that the Earth revolves and that it is not the center of the universe. He has few supporters and many enemies. When Giordano Bruno dies a martyr's death, Galileo exclaims: "Science needs scientists, not martyrs!" In order to preserve his discovery and continue his research he tries to make peace with the church but does not succeed. Slandered and misunderstood by his contemporaries, Galileo suffers the tragic isolation of men of genius the importance of whose lifework is recognized only by subsequent generations.
IMDb  6.6 /10
Director Liliana Cavani
Writer Liliana Cavani
Writer Tullio Pinelli
Release Date1969-01-17
Runtime1h 45mins
GenreDrama, History
Content Rating
Awards2 nominations.
CompanyFenice Cinematografica, Rizzoli Film, Kinozenter
CountryItaly, Bulgaria
Giordano Bruno (as Gheorghi Kaloiancev)
Nikolay Doychev
Nikolay Doychev
Belarmin (as Nicolai Doicev)
Miroslav Mindov
Miroslav Mindov
Kardinal Bordzhiya
Toskana's ambasador (as Gheorghi Cerkelov)
Sarpi (as Michail Michailov)
Galileo's Mistress
Nikolai Ouzounov
Nikolai Ouzounov
Kardinal Chentino
Plamen Ciarov
Plamen Ciarov
Mila Dimitrova
Mila Dimitrova
Beniesc Mois
Beniesc Mois
Vladimir Davcev
Vladimir Davcev
Gigi Ballista
Gigi Ballista
Trial Judge

Galileo (1968 film)

Galileo (also known as Galileo Galilei) is a 1968 Italian-Bulgarian biographical drama film directed by Liliana Cavani. It depicts the life of Galileo Galilei and particularly his clash with the Catholic Church regarding the interpretation of his astronomical observations with the newly invented telescope.

Plot summary

In 1597, the scientist Galileo Galilei meets the philosopher Giordano Bruno, author of treatises that upset the Church for their extreme accuracy on the nature of the world. In fact the period is that of the oppressor and the Counter-Reformation and Bruno having worsened his relations with the Church, is unjustly tried and condemned to the stake. Meanwhile, Galileo receives a gift of a telescope from a friend, and perfects its potential. Thanks to it, therefore the scientist makes his first experiments on the stars and began to write his treatises. But the new Pope Urbano VIII and his beloved cardinal discover these theories, find them heretical and order the scientist to recant publicly.


  • Cyril Cusack as Galileo Galilei
  • Georgi Kaloyanchev as Giordano Bruno
  • Nevena Kokanova as Marina
  • Nikolay Doychev as Cardinal Bellarmino
  • Gheorghi Cerkelov as Paolo Sarpi
  • Piero Vida as Pope Urban VIII
  • Gigi Ballista as Dominican Commissioner
  • Paolo Graziosi as Gian Lorenzo Bernini
  • Maia Dragomaska as the Galilei's daughter
  • Lou Castel as the young monk of the Vatican
  • Giulio Brogi as Sagredo

Home media

Galileo was released in 2010 as a Region 2 DVD. A Region 1 DVD has not been released.