DFT @ Home | Martin Eden
(Italy/France/2019—directed by Pietro Marcello)
A passionate and absorbing narrative fresco reflecting the tradition and narrative sweep of Italian film classics, director Pietro Marcello’s Martin Eden brilliantly reimagines American author Jack London’s 1909 novel. Restless, knowledge-starved Martin (a riveting performance by Luca Marinelli), is a young sailor torn between his deep-seated ideals and a burgeoning ambition to succeed. Martin’s epiphany arrives after a romantic infatuation with the sophisticated, higher-class Elena; he’s inspired to educate and remake himself as a writer.
However as he pursues his new-found obsessions, Martin risks betraying those around him by denying his humble origins, which gnaw at him from within. An epic and bracing feat of classical cinematic storytelling, Martin Eden is a timely, empathetic and cautionary fable about the all-too-familiar struggle between dogmatic posturing and the unvarnished truths at our core. Best Actor Prize, Venice Film Festival. In Italian and French with English subtitles. (127 minutes)
“An absolute blast! Everything I love in movies.” -A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“A spectacular performance! Luca Marinelli is a force of nature in every scene.” -Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
“One of the most epic-feeling Italian movies in years.” -Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
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