The Profession of Arms

The Profession of Arms

name = The Profession of Arms
(Il mestiere delle armi)

director = Ermanno Olmi
writer = Ermanno Olmi
starring = Christo Jivkov
Desislava Tenekedjieva
Sandra Ceccarelli
Sasa Vulicevic
Sergio Grammatico
Dimitar Ratchkov
Aldo Toscano
Fabio Giubbani
producer = Alexander Metodiev
distributor = A-Film Distribution
released = 11 May, 2001 (Italy)
music = Fabio Vacchi
runtime = 105 min
language = Italian
budget =
imdb_id = 0245276

"The Profession of Arms" ("Il mestiere delle armi") is a 2001 Italian movie directed by Ermanno Olmi.


In autumn of 1526, the Emperor, Charles V, sends his German landsknechts led by Georg von Frundsberg to march towards Rome. The inferior papal armies, commanded by Giovanni de'Medici, try to chase them in the midst of a harsh winter. Nevertheless, the Imperial armies manage to cross the rivers along their march and get cannons thanks to the maneuvers of its Lords.

In a skirmish, Giovanni de'Medici is wounded in a leg by a falconet shot. The attempts to cure him fail and he dies. The Imperial armies assault Rome. The film is beautifully but unassumingly set, and shows the hard conditions in which war is waged and its lack of glory. It ends straightforwardly with the declaration made after the death of Giovanni de'Medici by the commanders of the armies in Europe of not using again fire weapons because of its cruelty.


* 9 David di Donatello Awards (Best Film - Best Director: Ermanno Olmi - Best Screenplay: Ermanno Olmi - Best Producer: Luigi Musini, Roberto Cicutto and Ermanno Olmi - Best Production Design: Luigi Marchione - Best Cinematography: Fabio Olmi - Best Costume Design: Francesca Sartori - Best Editing: Paolo Cottignola - Best Music: Fabio Vacchi)
* 3 Nastro d'Argento Prizes (Best Production Design: Luigi Marchione - Best Cinematography: Fabio Olmi - Best Costume Design: Francesca Sartori)

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