The Profession of Arms (2001 film)

The Profession of Arms (Italian: Il mestiere delle armi) is a 2001 Italian film directed by Ermanno Olmi.

The Profession of Arms
(Il mestiere delle armi)
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Directed byErmanno Olmi
Produced byAlexander Metodiev
Written byErmanno Olmi
StarringHristo Zhivkov
Desislava Tenekedjieva
Sandra Ceccarelli
Music byFabio Vacchi
Distributed byA-Film Distribution
Release date
11 May 2001 (Italy)
Running time
105 minutes


In autumn of 1526, the Emperor, Charles V, sends his German landsknechts led by Georg von Frundsberg to march towards Rome. The inferior papal armies, commanded by Giovanni de' Medici, try to chase them in the midst of a harsh winter. Nevertheless, the Imperial armies manage to cross the rivers along their march and get cannons thanks to the maneuvers of its Lords.

In a skirmish, Giovanni de' Medici is wounded in the leg by a falconet shot. The attempts to cure him fail and he dies. The Imperial armies assault Rome.

The film is beautifully but unassumingly set, and shows the hard conditions in which war is waged and its lack of glory. It ends straightforwardly with the declaration made after the death of Giovanni de' Medici by the commanders of the armies in Europe of ceasing to use firearms because of their cruelty.


  • Hristo Zhivkov - Giovanni de Medici
  • Sergio Grammatico - Federico Gonzaga
  • Dimitar Rachkov - Luc'Antonio Cuppano
  • Fabio Giubbani - Matteo Cusastro
  • Sasa Vulicevic - Pietro Aretino
  • Desislava Tenekedjieva - Maria Salviati de Medici
  • Sandra Ceccarelli - Nobildonna di Mantova
  • Franco Andreani - Ambasciatore di Carlo V


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Profession of Arms". Retrieved 2009-10-17.

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