Christ Stopped at Eboli (film)
|Christ Stopped at Eboli|
French poster for the film
|Directed by||Francesco Rosi|
|Produced by||Nicola Carraro|
|Written by||Francesco Rosi|
Raffaele La Capria
|Starring||Gian Maria Volonté|
|Music by||Piero Piccioni|
|Cinematography||Pasqualino De Santis|
|Edited by||Ruggero Mastroianni|
|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, is a 1979 drama film directed by Francesco Rosi, adapted from the book of the same name by Carlo Levi. It stars Gian Maria Volonté as Levi, a political dissident under Fascism who was exiled in the Basilicata region in Southern Italy.
Carlo Levi is from Turin. He is a painter and writer. He has a degree in medicine but has never practised it. Arrested in 1935 by Mussolini's regime for anti-fascist activities, he is confined to Aliano (Gagliano in the novel), a remote town in the region of Lucania, the southern 'instep' of Italy, known today as Basilicata. While the landscape is beautiful, the peasantry are impoverished and mismanaged. They are superstitious and insular; many have emigrated to the United States in search of employment. Since the local doctors are not interested in treating peasants, Levi begins to minister to their health in response to their appeals, establishing a strong relationship with the community.
- Gian Maria Volonté as Carlo Levi
- Paolo Bonacelli as Don Luigi Magalone
- Alain Cuny as Baron Nicola Rotunno
- Lea Massari as Luisa Levi
- Irene Papas as Giulia Venere
- François Simon as Don Traiella
- Antonio Allocca as Don Cosimino
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.
|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|||
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