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About A Season of Giants

The title "A Season of Giants" refers to the age of High Italian Renaissance when three great men of the arts all lived and produced their timeless works -- Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo Buonarroti. This film portrays the years during which Michelangelo and da Vinci were rivals in the arts and collaborators in the sciences. It is based on a novel of the same name by Vincenzo Labella and stars well known actors such as F. Murray Abraham, John Glover, Ian Holm, and Italian actress Ornella Muti, best known to US audiences for her role as the feisty Princess Aura in "Flash Gordon."

A Season of Giants follows Michelangelo from his years with Lorenzo de Medici through his labors on the giant statue David, to his commission for the Sistine Chapel. Mark Frankel does an excellent job of portraying Michelangelo's increasing introverted struggle to bring his visions to fruition. Throughout his labors on the marble, he often labored against demanding patrons, inept assistants, and his own high standards for himself. Frankel brings the artist's impatience forward in numerous ways -- sometimes Michelangelo heeds advice; other times, he storms away. The essence of the artist lay in the strength of his convictions and the demands of his character. He lived within his work, sculpting out his life as he sculpted his masterpieces.

The TNT original movie is not available to the public on video tape. It is through a private collection that this site brings a bit of A Season of Giants to you.

Season of Giants is 1991 RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana

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