Christ Stopped at Eboli
(Italy/France/1979—directed by Francesco Rosi)
In 1935, painter, writer and physician Carlo Levi (Gian Maria Volontè), exiled from Rome for anti-fascist “political activism,” leaves the train at Eboli (even Christ would go no further), and then enters a world he never knew existed: the desperately poor town of Grassano, where desolate landscapes exist side by side with ravishing natural beauty; where love potions, curative coins and spells are believed in; where a cleaning woman (Irene Papas) can “decently” enter his house only because she’s already had 17 children; and where, until Levi is allowed to practice medicine, there are no competent doctors.
Based on Levi’s celebrated 1945 memoir, this is the American theatrical premiere of the original uncut version of Francesco Rosi’s 1979 masterwork. In Italian with English subtitles. 3 hours and 40 minutes, plus intermission.
“A profound and approachable classic, rich and magisterial. Like most great art, it speaks to our moment as well as its own.” -Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
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