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THE PROFESSION OF ARMS

by Ermanno Olmi

synopsis

"Today, November 24, 1526, Captain Joanni de' Medici and his men overtook the German mercenaries, the Lanschenets, before they could cross the Po river, and assaulted them so violently that they inflicted grave losses on the enemy."
The Germans, under the command of General Zorzo Frundsberg, have swarmed into Italy with 15,000 foot soldiers, but they possess no artillery. Joanni de' Medici, captain of the feared Black Bands, is famed as a great leader in battle and an expert in the use of weapons. He is in the pay of Pope Clement VII.

international title: The Profession of Arms
original title: Il mestiere delle armi
country: Italy, France, Germany, Bulgaria
sales agent: StudioCanal
year: 2000
genre: fiction
directed by: Ermanno Olmi
film run: 105'
release date: IT 11/05/01, FR 30/01/02, DE 31/10/02
screenplay: Ermanno Olmi
cast: Hirsto Jivkov, Sergio Grammatico, Dessy Tenekedijeva, Sandra Ceccarelli, Sasa Vulicevic, Fabio Giubbani, Aldo Toscano, Dimitar Ratchkov
cinematography by: Fabio Olmi
film editing: Paolo Cottignola
art director: Luigi Silvio Marchione
costumes designer: Francesca Sartori
music: Fabio Vacchi
producer: Roberto Cicutto, Luigi Musini
production: Cinemaundici, Rai Cinema, Taurusproduktion, StudioCanal (FR)
distributor: Mikado, Bac Distribution (FR), MFA Filmdistribution (DE), A-Film Distribution (NL)

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