Historical - Development 2019

The Glorious and Tragic Life Story of Galileo!
A five-part miniseries.

    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Historical
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 10 - 25 M$
    • Writer(s)
    • Andrew CHIARAMONTE
    • Producer(s)
    • Harris TULCHIN (Tulchin and Associates), Andrew CHIARAMONTE
    • Synopsis
    • In 1642, in the dead of night in a torrential downpour, John Milton arrives in Arcetri, Italy in the hills above Florence for a clandestine meeting with Galileo Galilei, an old man at the end of his years, blind and under house arrest as a result of his conviction as a heretic.

      Milton presumes to accuse Galileo of cowardice. How is it, he wants to know, that one of the most famous men who ever lived was so quick to cave-in to the power brokers who brought him to trial for speaking the truth of his findings? Amused by the young man’s insolence, Galileo leads Milton on an unbelievable journey as he recounts the circumstances leading up to his trial in Rome. From his early instincts and intuitions at unraveling the unknown, his introduction to mathematics (which some thought to be of the devil), his teaching career as a young rebellious associate professor at the University of Pisa, to his meeting Marina Gamba, the woman who would become the love of his life and the mother of his three children all born out of wedlock, after he assumed the chairmanship of the department of Mathematicus at the prestigious University of Padua; and then his happening across the telescope which he was able to develop from a toy for the amusement of children into an incredible instrument of science unparalleled in its ability at deciphering the truth of existence. And searching the heavens and writing about his findings, he became the most powerful advocate of the Copernican system of the universe which was counter to Holy Scripture and ultimately pitted him against his lifelong friend and champion, Cardinal Maffeo Barberini, who becomes Pope Urban VIII and in one of the great betrayals in history, is the one who insists upon his trial and the verdict of guilt.

      From genius to heretic and back again, Galileo’s story is a tragedy of universal significance – a human drama of vanity, compromise, loyalty, piety, courage, sacrifice, humiliation, friendship, betrayal and obsession with truth.