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Carlo Levi (novel)
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23 February 1979 (Italy) See more »
In the fascist Italy of 1935, a painter trained as a doctor is exiled to a remote region near Eboli... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Flawed, especially when compared to its peers. See more (6 total) »


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Directed by
Francesco Rosi 
Writing credits
Carlo Levi (novel)

Francesco Rosi (screenplay) &
Tonino Guerra (screenplay) &
Raffaele La Capria (screenplay)

Produced by
Nicola Carraro .... producer
Franco Cristaldi .... producer
Original Music by
Piero Piccioni 
Cinematography by
Pasqualino De Santis 
Film Editing by
Ruggero Mastroianni 
Production Design by
Andrea Crisanti 
Costume Design by
Enrico Sabbatini 
Makeup Department
Adalgisa Favella .... hair stylist
Franco Freda .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gianni Arduini .... assistant director
Camera and Electrical Department
Adolfo Bartoli .... camera operator
Marcello Mastrogirolamo .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna Orazi .... wardrobe
Giovanni Viti .... assistant costume designer

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Also Known As:
"Cristo si è fermato a Eboli" - Italy (original title)
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150 min | Italy:224 min (25 fps) (TV version) | UK:213 min (25 fps) (video version) | USA:120 min (cut version)
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Continuity: On the bus, the way Carlo holds the dog changes.See more »
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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17 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Flawed, especially when compared to its peers., 1 September 2000
Author: Alice Liddel ( from dublin, ireland

This dutiful, detailed three-and-a-half TV epic describes the exile of dissident intellectual Carlo Levi in a remote village of fascist Italy, blighted by poverty, disease, immirgration and governmental contempt. The film is part-character study, part-socio-historico-political analysis, part careful representation of a people and its place. It is seriously flawed (the people are sentimentalised, the politics are simplistic, the pleasant presentation (music, major actors, cinematography etc.) works against the horrifiic subject matter); but there are nice ironies too, such as the Christlike Levi capable of the fascism he deplores.

The film can be seen in two contexts, as a neo-realist riposte to the prominent anti-realist 70s films about Fascism ('The Spider's Strategem', 'The Conformist', 'Amarcord'), and as a prestigious historical epic on a national theme frequent in the 70s and 80s ('The Travelling Players', 'Heimat'). In both cases it falls short.

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