Cristo si è fermato a Eboli (1979)



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 <[email protected]>

The story follows a real life anti-fascist intellectual, Carlo Levi, into his forced exile in small, isolated village in a remote region of Southern Italy. The village is populated by inhabitants who barely survive on the meager harvest of the unyielding land. Eboli, the closest train station, is the last outpost of civilization (such as it is) before entering a world that has changed very little since the Middle Ages. The movie title, after the book written by Carlo Levi, expresses all the sense of abandon, neglect, desolation and human despair. According to the local tales, even Christ, in his southward journey, went no further than Eboli. Beyond that point, not even God dared (or could be bothered) to go…

Written by
Flavio del Balzo

Genre: Drama,History,War

Cristo si è fermato a Eboli (1979)
Release Date: 23 February 1979 (Italy)
Country: Italy , France
Director: Francesco Rosi
  • Gian Maria Volonté
  • Paolo Bonacelli
  • Alain Cuny
  • Lea Massari
  • Irene Papas
  • François Simon
  • Luigi Infantino
  • Francesco Callari
  • Antonio Allocca
  • Enzo Vitale
  • Maria Antonia Capotorto
  • Pietro Peragine
  • Vito Caraccia
  • Antonio Di Leva
  • Accursio Di Leo

2 Responses to Cristo si è fermato a Eboli (1979)

  1. dwood-4
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    Supposedly an hour has been cut out for the facets and UK release. I have also read of a two disc, full version, from UK but cannot find it online. Does anyone know where to get the full version ?

  2. notvertigo
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    I have just viewed this on DVD (Facets, 145 min) and was totally absorbed in the gentle but profound portrayal of the peasant society and its trials with government – fascist, as was the case here or otherwise – a beautiful film indeed.

    It’s difficult to believe that this is the first use of the message board.

    The DVD is of dreadful quality; it would hardly be broadcast in this state, with faded colours and poor contrasts. Despite that it is pictorially stunning, funny in parts, fascinating – great dialogues and acting / direction – and a great study of the human condition, especially peasant philosophy.

    I will certainly buy Carlo Levi’s book, watch the film again and remain curious to see how I would feel about the film if seen as a good print.

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