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Christ Stopped at Eboli

Cristo si è fermato a Eboli / Eboli

1979, Francesco Rosi, Italy, 223 min.
With Gian Maria Volontè, Irene Papas, Lea Massari

Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 28th 2:00pm
  • Sat, Jun 29th 7:00pm
  • Sun, Jun 30th 2:00pm
  • Thu, Jul 4th 2:00pm
Chicago premiere! New restoration!

"Both profound and approachable, epic and emotional, CHRIST STOPPED AT EBOLI is a masterwork."—Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"I was completely absorbed...the audience seemed hushed, as if at a concert where the musicians were playing very softly."—Pauline Kael

Carlo Levi's classic 1945 memoir was adapted as a four-part miniseries on Italian TV, then reduced to two hours in its U.S. release. This new restoration brings Rosi's uncut version to American audiences for the first time. The story is set in Fascist-ruled Italy in 1935, when Levi (Volontè), a leftist writer, painter, and physician from Turin, is exiled to a remote village in the southern province of Luciana. The first half of the film is an immersive fish-out-of-water drama, as Levi struggles to adapt to the customs of the seemingly backward villagers. A visit from his feisty sister (Massari), a friendship with a disgraced priest, a covert romance with a superstitious housekeeper (Papas), and the town's need for a competent doctor rouse Levi from his isolation. The second half becomes more political, its politics drawn not from books and rhetoric, but from Levi's lived experiences with the peasants, who, he comes to realize, are alienated from the government no matter which party is in power. In Italian with English subtitles. New 2K DCP digital restoration. (MR)

Note: There will be a 15-minute intermission.

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