Masters of Florence
spectacular historical drama of
Italys most powerful and influential
banking dynasty, Medici: Masters of
Florence, stars Hollywood giant Dustin
Hoffman as the head of the Medici
dynasty whose mysterious death is
followed by the threat of war and the
scheming of enemies against the family;
and is a fascinating tale of political
rivalry, sexual liaisons, adultery, murder
ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL FLORENTINE FAMILIES and bankers to the Pope, the
colourful, influential and proud Medicis are nonetheless not immune from corruption,
jealousy, scandal, sickness and even murder.
With the sudden death of the head of the Bank of Medici, Giovanni (Dustin Hoffman),
his sons Cosimo (Richard Madden: Game of Thrones) and Lorenzo (Stuart
Martin) try to keep from public knowledge the dangerous secret that they believe
their father was poisoned by persons unknown.
close friend Marco Bello (Guido Caprino) helps him investigate his father's
death; but Giovanni had upset many people, not least his sons, and there are
more murders to follow.
Masters of Florence.
A lavish, amazing
and very compelling tale
of the real-life Medicis
in which murder, sex,
danger and intrigue,
stunning Italian sets and
fine acting all meld into
a totally believable
Cosimo, whose dreams of becoming an artist and finding love with artist's model
Bianca (Miriam Leone) were shattered by Giovanni, who then forced his son into
a marriage with Contessina (Annabel Scholev), the daughter of a troubled banker,
while Lorenzo's pregnant lover was hastily hustled out of Florence.
Taking his father's seat on the Signoria, Cosimo discovers that Rinaldo Albizzi
(Lex Shrapnel), a rival of the Medicis who plots against the family and bears
a grudge against them, is hustling for a war with Milan after an attack on Lucca.
When the war comes, it ruins Florence. Cosimo attempts to make peace, having
already faced the decision of where his loyalty should lie regardless
of the choices his father would have made.
Commissioning Filippo Brunelleschi (Alessandro Prezlosi) to build a dome for
the cathedral attracts criticism, but when the black plague reaches Florence,
Cosimo opens the cathedral as a hospital.
The Medicis financial crisis deepens and Cosimo is arrested on a trumped-up
charge and may be facing the death sentence. He has fallen in love with a beautiful
slave, Maddelena (Sarah Felberbaum), thus creating personal problems and rumours
abound about him having blood on his hands.
Cosimo needs to hold onto the Vatican's banking, protecting all his family has
worked so hard for, and to get back the respect the family once enjoyed in Florence.
But will he finally find happiness with his wife, whose loyalty extends beyond
Scoring an impressive 88 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes, Medici: Masters of
Florence is described as a thrilling tale of money, sex and power. Full
of intrigue and suspense, the historical drama follows the twists and turns
through war, plague, malicious jealousies and even exile as the family attempts
to hold onto power despite strong opposition.
A lavish, amazing and very compelling tale of the real-life Medicis in which
murder, sex, danger and intrigue, stunning Italian sets and fine acting all
meld into a totally believable historical drama.
Medici: Masters of Florence Season One also features: Alessandro Sperdutias
as Piero, Cosimo's son; Valentina Bellè as Lucrezia, Piero's wife; Ken Bones
as Ugo Bencini, a Medici Bank Administrator; Brian Cox as Guadagni, An Officer
of the Signoria; Tatjana Nardone as Emilia, Contessina's Maid; Valentina Cervi
as Alessandra Albizzi, wife to Rinaldo; Eugenio Franceschini as Ormando, Rinaldo
and Alessandra's son; Daniel Caltagirone as Pazzi, the powerful master of the
Signoria; Michael Schermi as Ricciardo, who is loyal to Cosimo; Alessandro Prezlosi
as Brunelleschi, Cosimo's lover; and David Bamber as Pope Eugenius IV. #Series
Music by Paolo Buonvino; Series Cinematography by Vittorio Omedeizorini; Series
Costumes Designed by Alessandro Lai; Creative Producer is Sara Melodia; Series
Writing Credits include Nicholas Meyer, Frank Spotnitz, Mark Denton, John Fay
and Francesca Gardiner; Executive Producers are: Luca Bernabei, Matilde Bernabei,
Sharon Remmer, Huw Kennair-Jones, Sergio Mimica-Gezzan and Daniele Passini;
Producer is Frank Spotnitz and Fania Petrocchi; Series Directed by Sergio Mimica
a run on Netflix, the epic historical drama series Medici: Masters of Florence
Season One is released in the UK on DVD by Acorn Media on 11 December 2017.
Certificate: 15 | Running Time: 432 Minutes Approximately on Two Discs | Catalogue
Number: AV3414 | RRP: £24.99.
Special Features: The Making of Medici: Masters of Florence | Set Designing
| The Look of the Century | Picture Gallery.
"Medici: Masters of Florence… A lavish, amazing and very compelling tale
of the real-life Medicis in which murder, sex, danger and intrigue, stunning
Italian sets and fine acting all meld into a totally believable historical drama"
Maggie Woods, MotorBar
"Nail-biting tension" Irish Independent