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121 Ratings

The Profession of Arms

Il mestiere delle armi

Directed by Ermanno Olmi
Italy, France, 2001
Drama, Biography, Action


The history of the first victim of modern artillery and its moving agony, amidst conspiracies and betrayals of the powerful. Life and death of Giovanni De’ Medici, a young brave captain in the war of Charles V against the Pope, in the first half of 1500.

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The Profession of Arms Directed by Ermanno Olmi

Awards & Festivals

European Film Awards

2001 | 2 nominations including: European Director

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists

2001 | 3 wins including: Best Cinematography

2001 | Nominee: Best Director

Critics reviews

Using the esoteric church-and-state politics and primitive medical treatments of the time as a counterpoint, Olmi makes the argument that warfare is the only thing that has gotten exponentially worse as it has become more sophisticated. And yet I’d be lying if I didn’t say that Profession Of Arms hooked me mostly on the aesthetic level. The sense of gritty, smoky texture it brings to the period is very original.
May 12, 2017
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