Cinema: Genius Outdone, Done In

GALILEO

Directed by JOSEPH LOSEY Screenplay by BARBARA BRAY and JOSEPH LOSEY

Galileo Galilei, you will recall, got himself into a great deal of trouble back in the early 17th century by daring to confirm the Copernican theory of the universe. The Italian astronomer-physicist also formulated certain principles of dynamics and refined a new invention called the telescope—accomplishments that were considered acceptable, even exciting. But insisting that the earth revolved around the sun was pushing things too far, and the church got in a terrible tear. The idea that the earth was not the...

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