Nova-Galileos Battle For the Heavens

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At a time when heretics were burned alive for dissent, scientist Galileo Galilei risked his life to advance his revolutionary concepts of the universe. British actor Simon Callow (Shakespeare in Love, Four Weddings and a Funeral) brings Galileo to life, humanizing the great thinker s passion, intelligence, and arrogance while depicting his frustrations with fellow philosophers and scientists, and with Roman Catholic church leaders. Based on Dava Sobel s best-selling biography Galileo s Daughter, this two-hour film offers a vivid re-imagining of Galileo s incredible achievements that forever changed the way we view our place in the universe. It also investigates the momentous personal and spiritual conflicts Galileo faced- most especially in defending the controversial theory that the earth revolves around the sun. Join noted Galileo authorities and experience the remarkable life behind the discoveries, and see letters from his illegitimate daughter, Maria Celeste, a cloistered nun, have shed new light on Galileo s pioneering telescopic observations, his fateful Inquisition trial for heresy, and life in the seventeenth century. Format: DVD MOVIE

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Studio PBS
SKU 202095860
UPC 783421408692
UPC 14 00783421408692
Format DVD
Release Date 3/28/2006
Keywords
Documentary
Nova (Pbs Series)
Editors Note
Note The best-selling biography by Dava Sobel called GALILEO'S DAUGHTER is the basis of this two-hour documentary. GALILEO'S BATTLE FOR THE HEAVENS chronicles the outstanding achievements of one of history's great minds, Galileo Galilei. From his pioneering discoveries within the universe, to his trial for heresy in the 17th century, host Simon Callow (FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL) and noted Galileo experts attempt to explore new meanings to his observations on mechanics, astronomy, music, and much more.
Cast & Crew
Liev Schreiber - Narrated By
Simon Callow - Actor
Technical Info
Catalog ID 40869
UPC 00783421408692
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 120 minutes
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
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Review Stunning reenactment footage (acclaimed actor Simon Callow plays Galileo) coupled with Liev Schreiber's commanding narration help chronicle the scientist's 'personal and spiritual conflicts,' especially his difficulties with church leaders who brought Galileo before the Inquisition. Interviews with scientists and author Sobel add depth to the compelling portrayal. Highly recommended.
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Actor Nova
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Video Format DVD
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The New York Times ...the science is all there, it is illustrated, explicated and illuminated.
The Orlando Sentinel Top-notch!
Video Librarian An interesting story, backed by characteristic top-notch production values from the NOVA team, this wide-ranging biographical portrait of Galileo and his times is highly recommended.

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