Synopsis: This made for television film chronicles the illustrious life of French philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650)
150 min

He drew the six stars of the

Bull, the Pleiades are called,

six, because the seventh

hardly ever appears,

around which another

invisible to the

naked eye, far away

by no more than

just half a degree.

By virtue of his telescope, a very

faithful copy of which I show you here,

obtained with a system

of valuable Dutch lenses,

the Milky Way, which

appeared to us like a cloud,

has been inspected and studied

to such a precise degree that we

can call the countless disputes

that tormented philosophers

for centuries as resolved.

The galaxy, in fact, appeared

clearly like a tannery

of countless stars.

The thing is clear

in whatever region

the observer directs

the telescope at.

Galileo Galilei then divulged

that four planets exist in the skies,

that have never been seen

since the origins of the world

and that he had discovered and observed

their positions, over two months.

They told us that the mathematician

of the Grand Duke of Florence

has also discovered

the secret of sun spots,

what news do you

give us on this point?

At Florence I discovered that Galilei

has studied this point a good deal

but unfortunately he still

cannot give a definitive reply,

or better, if the spots are

really vapours, exhalations,

clouds, or fumes produced

by the solar body.

About the nature of these

spots he is still uncertain

as there could be a thousand

other things we cannot see.

But the thing about the sun,

he believes he can state,

as an absolute certainty,

one of his convictions, agreeing

his studies with those of

the Pole Copernicus is that

the mobility of the earth

is the stability of the sun

around which the planets move

according to fixed orbits.

May I?

Yes go ahead.

If Mr Galilei

insists in his mistake...

It's not a mistake, it's

a reasonable hypothesis.

But he's denying the Bible, Joshua

in fact told the sun to stop

and on his command, the sun,

moving through the skies, stopped.

It is clear that the words

of the Bible must be

interpreted in a different

way. And Galilei...

I am saying that if he continues

to insist in his mistake

I do not see why

you should divulge

his theory to us,

right here at the noble

La Fleche college.

You have talked of Galilei

as if he were a new Aristotle,

his doctrine is mistaken,

an error he has committed

because of his pride which

confuses the faith of the people.

The earth is at the centre of

the universe, all the testimonies

of men , of the humble

just like of the learned,

confirm this truth from

the beginning of time.

I find all your disdain

exaggerated Mr De Bastion.

Our intelligence must

never be subjected

to an unreasonable

fear of an error,

it must confront it and know it,

in order to win over it.

Galilei's hypotheses have raised

numerous criticisms every where,

men of science and of the

church have rushed to warn him,

but as far as we know,

a definitive judgement

has still not been

pronounced about his doctrine.

And if his calculations

prove to be correct,

they will not be able to

contradict the truth in any way.

I think it is important for

all of you to apply yourselves

to studying the information

that Mr De Simone has brought

us from Florence. Deo Gratia.

Deo Gratia.

May the others come forward.

I say that it is absurd

to compare Galileo to Aristotle.

Aristotle constructed his doctrine

on a perfect system

of syllogisms,

while Galileo's science is

born by observing the Universe.

Talking is not allowed

Mr Descartes

Excuse me Gentlemen.

Swords in line. Salute.

On guard.


On guard. Knee-flex.

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Marcella Mariani (Rome, Italy, 8 February 1936 – Monte Terminillo, Italy, 15 February 1955) was an Italian actress and Miss Italy contest winner. Though she appeared in several popular movies and was garnering acclaim as an actress, her career was cut short by her death in a 1955 airliner crash. more…

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