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Christ Stopped at Eboli (1979)

Cristo si è fermato a Eboli (original title)
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A doctor in Fascist Italy is exiled to a remote village for his political views.

Director:

Francesco Rosi

Writers:

Francesco Rosi (story), Tonino Guerra (story) | 4 more credits »
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gian Maria Volontè ... Carlo Levi
Paolo Bonacelli ... Don Luigi Magalone
Alain Cuny ... Barone Nicola Rotunno
Lea Massari ... Luisa Levi
Irene Papas ... Giulia Venere
François Simon François Simon ... Don Traiella
Luigi Infantino Luigi Infantino
Accursio Di Leo Accursio Di Leo ... Joiner
Francesco Callari Francesco Callari
Enzo Vitale Enzo Vitale ... Dottore Milillo (as Vincenzo Vitale)
Antonio Allocca Antonio Allocca ... Don Cosimino
Vincenzo Licata Vincenzo Licata ... L'italo-americano
Muzzi Loffredo Muzzi Loffredo
Lidia Bavusi Lidia Bavusi
Francesco Capotorto Francesco Capotorto
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Storyline

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 <bbjamin@micronet.fr>

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Drama

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

23 February 1979 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Christ Stopped at Eboli See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,006, 7 April 2019

Gross USA:

$74,349

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,349
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

On the bus, the way Carlo holds the dog changes. See more »

Quotes

Luisa Levi: You'd need a woman here.
Carlo Levi: Yes, I would. But it's not easy.
Luisa Levi: Come on, don't exaggerate. Don't tell me that here even finding a cleaning lady is impossible.
Carlo Levi: Here a woman wouldn't go in the house of a single man. Just spending time together implies sleeping together.
Luisa Levi: You can't be serious.
Carlo Levi: Oh, yes I am.
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Alternate Versions

There are many versions ranging from 120 minutes to 224 minutes. The longest version available in the U.S. is 145 minutes and is available from Facets Video. See more »

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Reasonably faithful to the book
30 October 2002 | by trevor tupperSee all my reviews

I have seen this TV film several times after reading Carlo Levi's book and having been to the Basilicata area in which Levi was exiled.

I consider the film to represent the book's aims which is to show the oppressed state of the peasants in Basilicata, the remoteness and lack of care of central government in Rome and the way in which the fascists could control the local area with very limited support - but of the people who mattered, the mayor, doctor, police. The rest of the populace could be, and were ignored.

A brief nitpicking comment on the title. It comes from something the priest said - on the lines that Christ never reached Aliano but stopped at Eboli some 150 miles distant. Eboli plays no part in Levi's book and the start of the film is wrong in showing him changing trains there, and picking up the stray dog. To get to Matera, where he started his exile he changed in Bari and would not have gone anywhere near Eboli.


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