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Christ Stopped at Eboli (1979)

Cristo si è fermato a Eboli (original title)
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A doctor in Fascist Italy is exiled to a remote village for his political views.

Director:

Francesco Rosi

Writers:

Francesco Rosi (story), Tonino Guerra (story) | 4 more credits »
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gian Maria Volontè ... Carlo Levi
Paolo Bonacelli ... Don Luigi Magalone
Alain Cuny ... Barone Nicola Rotunno
Lea Massari ... Luisa Levi
Irene Papas ... Giulia Venere
François Simon François Simon ... Don Traiella
Luigi Infantino Luigi Infantino
Accursio Di Leo Accursio Di Leo ... Joiner
Francesco Callari Francesco Callari
Enzo Vitale Enzo Vitale ... Dottore Milillo (as Vincenzo Vitale)
Antonio Allocca Antonio Allocca ... Don Cosimino
Vincenzo Licata Vincenzo Licata ... L'italo-americano
Muzzi Loffredo Muzzi Loffredo
Lidia Bavusi Lidia Bavusi
Francesco Capotorto Francesco Capotorto
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Storyline

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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Drama

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

23 February 1979 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Christ Stopped at Eboli See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,006, 7 April 2019

Gross USA:

$71,602

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,602
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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On the bus, the way Carlo holds the dog changes. See more »

Quotes

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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Two (or more) Italies
17 August 2019 | by anthonyf94See all my reviews

The transposition of Levi's autobiographical novel can recreate with effectiveness the atmosphere of absolute immobilism out of the history on which the novel really insists. Basilicata's and Southern Italy's setting helps to find a place absolutely uncontaminated by the modernity and the recent history. We wear the dresses of main character that works as a modern sonde in an anti-modern world: in this dimension we see all the contradictions of fascist Italy (of Italy tout court), divided by languages and geographies, where fight the fascism's rhetoric paroxysm against a world deaf to every modern rhythm. The farmer's world is a world based on the slow and circular rhythm of the nature, still impregnated with the sense of the superstitious of the events and of a mythology more ingrained than every fascist super-action.

The sedate interpretation of Volonté contributes to the assumption of a point of view curious, sensible, that can find the deep reasons of the presence of two (or more) Italies and reveal so easy and silent abuses that the potestà and others can carry on on farmers' shoulder. But the main strength of the movie is in a luminous and montalian photography, in a sensual and no overload pittoricism that makes a chromatic and geometric spectacle every single frame.


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