Christ Stopped at Eboli

5 out of 5 stars
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This adaptation of Carlo Levi's autobiographical book awkwardly bridges the space between Rosi's justly celebrated political dossier thrillers (The Mattei Affair, Lucky Luciano, Illustrious Corpses) and his more recent Three Brothers, and has to be counted a major disappointment. Covering the period of Levi's Fascist-imposed exile to the southern Italian region of Lucania in the '30s, Rosi ditches analysis to allow the desolate landscapes and faces of a remote peasant culture (seen as somehow beyond ideology) to tell their own tale. An unfortunate tendency to sentimentalise mars even this limited schema, though, and Volonté's suitably humbled Levi is even followed around by a Disneyesque dog.

Release details

155 mins

Cast and crew

Francesco Rosi
Francesco Rosi, Tonino Guerra, Raffaele La Capria
Gian Maria Volonté
Paolo Bonacelli
Alain Cuny
Lea Massari
Irene Papas
François Simon

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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Ignore the Time Out review. It’s insensitive, ignorant crap masquerading as sophistication.

This is one of the most beautifully told stories you will ever see rendered onto film. Easily in my top 10 of all time, probably top 5. I know of no other film that explores the observation of peasant culture through the eyes of an educated person as sensitivitively as this one does.

A beautifully observed and moving film - forget Time Out's typically pompous review. I saw nothing of the "Disneyesque dog" which no doubt exists only in the reviewer's imagination.