Christ Stopped at Eboli (film)

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Christ Stopped at Eboli
Christ Stopped at Eboli (film).jpg
French poster for the film
Directed byFrancesco Rosi
Written byFrancesco Rosi
Tonino Guerra
Raffaele La Capria
StarringGian Maria Volonté
Music byPiero Piccioni
CinematographyPasqualino De Santis
Edited byRuggero Mastroianni
Release date
  • 23 February 1979 (1979-02-23)
Running time
150 minutes (1979 theatrical release)
220 minutes (uncut TV version)

Christ Stopped at Eboli (Italian: Cristo si è fermato a Eboli, also known as Eboli in the United States)[1] is a 1979 film adaptation of the book of the same name by Carlo Levi. It was directed by Francesco Rosi and stars Gian Maria Volonté as Carlo Levi.

The film was shown out of competition at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival[2] and received several awards, most notably the Golden Prize at the 11th Moscow International Film Festival[3] and the first BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1983.[4]

It was included in the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.[5]


Carlo Levi is a painter and writer from Turin, but he also has a degree in medicine. Arrested in 1935 by Mussolini's regime for his anti-fascist activities, he is confined to Aliano, a remote town in the region of Lucania which is known today as Basilicata, in Southern Italy. The landscape is beautiful, the peasantry poor and neglected. Since the local doctors are not interested in peasants and not trusted by them, Levi begins to help them, establishing a strong relationship with the local community.

Principal cast[edit]


The film was mostly shot in Basilicata in the villages of Craco, Guardia Perticara, Aliano and La Martella, near Matera. Other scenes were filmed in Gravina in Puglia and Santeramo in Colle, Apulia.[6]


Critical response[edit]

Christ Stopped at Eboli has an approval rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 5 reviews and an average rating of 7.17/10.[7]


Award Category Recipient Result Year
Chicago International Film Festival Best Feature Francesco Rosi Nominated 1979
David di Donatello Best Film Won 1979
Best Director Francesco Rosi Won
Nastro d'Argento Best Supporting Actress Lea Massari Won 1979
Moscow International Film Festival Golden Prize Francesco Rosi Won 1979
National Board of Review Top Foreign Film Won 1980
French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Best Foreign Film Francesco Rosi Won 1981
BAFTA Awards Best Foreign Language Film Francesco Rosi Won 1983


  1. ^ John Anderson (April 26, 2019). "A short history of 'Christ Stopped at Eboli': A 'holy grail' of classic Italian cinema". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Christ Stopped at Eboli". Retrieved 2009-05-25.
  3. ^ "11th Moscow International Film Festival (1979)". MIFF. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-19.
  4. ^ "Film Foreign Language Film in 1983". BAFTA. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  5. ^ "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die". Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  6. ^ "Cristo si è Fermato a Eboli". Italy for Movies (in Italian). Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  7. ^ "Christ Stopped at Eboli (Cristo si è Fermato a Eboli)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 19, 2019.

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