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Cristo si è fermato a Eboli
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Carlo Levi (novel)
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23 February 1979 (Italy) See more »
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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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Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Noble effort but not so interesting to be good See more (7 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 
 
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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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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.See more »
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Continuity: 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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7 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Noble effort but not so interesting to be good, 19 June 2011
Author: Rodrigo Amaro (rodrigo882008@hotmail.com) from São Paulo, Brazil

A reason why many people believe films and politics shouldn't been together is the fact most films dealing with social political issues have in their nucleus the use of an abundant and wasted verbosity in which nothing is said, things are half done and the movie becomes other thing than a movie. Sometimes these movies get so preachy about a case that end up sounding idiotic, looks like they selling something to its viewers. And in the end, people who already don't care about the importance of politics in their lives will never understand it how influential this power is. Now, what "Cristo Si è Fermato a Eboli" ("Christ Stopped at Eboli") achieves in its deeper premise is showing how politics have to do with the humblest people of a country and the way it affects them, mostly for the bad things since this is a film about Italy during the Fascist regime in the 1930's and 1940's.

The main character Carlo Levi (Gian Maria Volonté) is an exiled painter and also a medical doctor who helps the peasants of Eboli, a small village to overcome their daily problems by assisting them with some medical treatment (since the local doctors don't care about them properly) and listening to what they have to say. He's there almost like a prisoner, he can't write letters criticizing the government, can't read Montaigne, can't go outside of the city limits but he has some liberties here and there. And despite being marveled by the simplicity of the peasants life and how things work for them this is a man aware of the politics importance and still seems to, quietly, fight the Fascism on its own way, giving some trouble to the city mayor. In one of the most fascinating moments of the film, the poor cause a great commotion in the city hall, urging that Carlo must be their doctor, something he couldn't do it at the moment since the regime wouldn't allow him.

As being an observation to life rather than a dramatic picture, this Francesco Rosi's film is quite interesting when it gets to this social theme but it disappoints by going for too long and showing so less; scenes are quite distractive, long, some dialogs are uninteresting; and after seeing as a whole the movie didn't work as I expected, it was quite meaningless. I like slow-paced films but this is just too much. Volonté's performance is very good, he's very versatile, pleasant; the cast is quite good; the film is beautifully shot and the locations are wonderful but only that can't make a film better. One scene I'll hope to remember in years to come is the Christmas mass with the drunken priest who lost the paper with his nice speech, to later be found with him saying: "This is a miracle from God. I've found my speech." And what it turns out to be his speech? A denounce against the Fascist. It's a very funny memorable scene.

It's not a bad film, it's just a little weak. Worths a view for curiosity, for its themes and some good elements already pointed out in this review. 5/10

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