Christ Stopped at Eboli

I was completely absorbed…the audience seemed hushed, as if at a concert where the musicians were playing very softly.

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Christ Stopped at Eboli

Carlo Levi (Gian Maria Volontè), a painter, writer, doctor, and intellectual, is exiled to Grassano, an impoverished town with only one car and one toilet, in southern Italy. Levi learns to find the humanity in this seemingly backward hamlet. Made for Italian television in four 55-minute parts, it was cut in half for its 1980 U.S. release (to 2 hours — Rosi’s own theatrical cut was 2½) and senselessly re-titled Eboli. This is the U.S. theatrical premiere of Rosi’s complete, uncut epic.

Awards & Nominations:
Best Foreign Language Film (BAFTA Awards, 1983)
Best Film and Best Director (David Di Donatello Awards, 1979)
Best Foreign Film (French Syndicate of Cinema Critics, 1981)
Golden Prize (Moscow International Film Festival, 1979)
Best Supporting Actress - Lea Massari (Italian Syndicate of Film Journalists, 1979)

"Achingly beautiful." -- David Denby, New Yorker

“Best viewed as a meditation, not a conventional drama… An absorbing and sometimes stunningly beautiful movie with an impressive sense of historical detail and social insight.” — David Sterritt

“A SECULAR MIRACLE! The director’s masterpiece and a stunning introduction to his work.” — Michael Sragow
Not Rated
Genre
Drama
Runtime
220
Language
Italian
Director
Francesco Rosi
Producer
Franco Cristaldi, Nicola Carraro
Writer(s)
Francesco Rosi, Tonino Guerra, Raffaele La Capria
Cast
Gian Maria Volontè, Paolo Bonacelli, Lea Massari, Irene Papas
FEATURED REVIEW
J. Hoberman, New York Times

Carlo Levi’s memoir, “Christ Stopped at Eboli,” was a literary sensation in post-Fascist Italy. First published in 1945, the book is Levi’s memorable account of life among impoverished Italian villagers in the 1930s. Three decades later, an immersive and engaging film adaptation directed by ...

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