Biopic based on Brecht's play "Das Leben des Galilei" translated into English by Charles Laughton, screenplay by Barbara Bray, Joseph Losey and Margarete Steffin.
It tells the story of Galileo, mathematician, astronomer and star-gazer, as his ground-breaking discoveries propel him into conflict with the conservative and all-powerful Church of 17th century Europe.
Director Joseph Losey retains some of the theatrical idiosyncrasies of Brecht's original stage play. Topol, in the title role, was not greeted with enthusiasm by some critics, but the remainder of the cast is as outstanding as Galileo's own contribution to the enduring fund of human knowledge.
Joseph Losey (director), with Topol as Galileo, Edward Fox as Cardinal Inquisitor, Colin Blakeley as Priuli, Margaret Leighton as an Elderly Court Lady, John Gielgud as The Old Cardinal, Michael Gough as Sagredo, Michael Lonsdale as Cardinal Barberini (later Pope Urban VIII), Judy Parfitt as Angelica Sarti, Patrick Magee as Cardinal Bellarmin, Tom Conti as Andrea Sarti and others.
GALILEO (1975) FILM SCREENING, 8PM
£5.00 + £0.50 Booking fee = £5.50
World premiere of an exciting and gloriously funny opera celebrating Galileo Galilei's groundbreaking discoveries in astronomy.
The cast is led by international opera singers and instrumentalists of the highest calibre with a company of singers and players drawn from absolute beginners to experienced amateurs and brilliant young people.
Operatic concept and creation by artistic director, Gillian Spragg.
West London’s newest award-winning, multi-arts festival will take place from October 10th to 26th at various venues in the London Borough of Ealing.
The Festival has a special focus on highly innovative programming that encompasses music, opera, visual art, literature, film, dance and heritage events.
The 2014 Festival is drawing inspiration from Galileo Galilei whose father, Vincenzo, was one of the leading inventors of opera and whose eldest daughter, Virginia, was a copious letter-writer - a family of stars and star-gazers.
There will be a new opera, concerts, films, drama, poetry, new visual art, family events and events about families, and much more, to intrigue and delight.
The Festival is also putting on its first poetry competition with the theme Constellations. The competition will be judged by George Szirtes, internationally acclaimed winner of the T S Eliot and many other prizes. Click on Poetry Competition to find all the details for entering your poetry online or by post. Closing date for entry is September 8th.
Please go to www.ealingautumnfestival.co.uk/poetry-competition for further information.