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Series:New Release Films
Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:129 minutes
Director:Pietro Marcello
Year Released:2020
Production Country:Italy


Winner: Venice Film Festival, Best Actor
Winner: Toronto International Film Festival, Platform Prize

"An absolute blast. Includes documentary footage, wealthy decadence, left-wing politics, angry speeches (in Italian!), beautiful women, square-jawed men, quotations from Baudelaire and the heroic deployment of manual typewriters, hand-rolled cigarettes, ascots and Volvo sedans. Everything I love in movies, more or less." —New York Times

"A kaleidoscopic historical fantasia that seems possessed by the ghosts of Italian cinema." —Film Comment

"Momentous, distinctly big, dramatic, and affecting." —Cinemascope

Adapted from a 1909 novel by Jack London yet set in a provocatively unspecified moment in Italy's history, Martin Eden is a passionate and enthralling narrative fesco in the tradition of great Italian classics. Martin (played by the marvelously committed Luca Marinelli) is a self taught proletarian with artistic aspirations who hopes that his dreams of becoming a writer will help him rise above his station and marry a wealthy young university student (Jessica Cressy). The dissatisfactions of working-class toil and bourgeois success lead to political awakening and destructive anxiety in this enveloping, superbly mounted bildungsroman.

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