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Cristo si è fermato a Eboli (1979)

In the fascist Italy of 1935, a painter trained as a doctor is exiled to a remote region near Eboli. Over time, he learns to appreciate the beauty and wisdom of the peasants, and to ... See full summary »

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Carlo Levi
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Don Luigi Magalone
Alain Cuny ...
Barone Nicola Rotunno
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Luisa Levi
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Giulia Venere
François Simon ...
Don Traiella
Luigi Infantino
Francesco Callari
Antonio Allocca ...
Don Cosimino
Enzo Vitale ...
Dottore Milillo (as Vincenzo Vitale)
Maria Antonia Capotorto
Pietro Peragine
Vito Caraccia
Antonio Di Leva
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In the fascist Italy of 1935, a painter trained as a doctor is exiled to a remote region near Eboli. Over time, he learns to appreciate the beauty and wisdom of the peasants, and to overcome his isolation. Written by Benjamin Bergery <bbjamin@micronet.fr>

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Christ Stopped at Eboli  »

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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On the bus, the way Carlo holds the dog changes. See more »

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Luisa Levi: You'd need a woman here.
Carlo Levi: Yes, I would. But it's not easy.
Luisa Levi: Come on, don't exaggerate. Don't tell me that here even finding a cleaning lady is impossible.
Carlo Levi: Here a woman wouldn't go in the house of a single man. Just spending time together implies sleeping together.
Luisa Levi: You can't be serious.
Carlo Levi: Oh, yes I am.
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Reasonably faithful to the book
30 October 2002 | by (Wittering, England) – See all my reviews

I have seen this TV film several times after reading Carlo Levi's book and having been to the Basilicata area in which Levi was exiled.

I consider the film to represent the book's aims which is to show the oppressed state of the peasants in Basilicata, the remoteness and lack of care of central government in Rome and the way in which the fascists could control the local area with very limited support - but of the people who mattered, the mayor, doctor, police. The rest of the populace could be, and were ignored.

A brief nitpicking comment on the title. It comes from something the priest said - on the lines that Christ never reached Aliano but stopped at Eboli some 150 miles distant. Eboli plays no part in Levi's book and the start of the film is wrong in showing him changing trains there, and picking up the stray dog. To get to Matera, where he started his exile he changed in Bari and would not have gone anywhere near Eboli.


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