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VIRTUAL CINEMAPOLIS SCREENINGS BEGIN 10/16
3 day rental for $12
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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 fresco in the tradition of the 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.
Director: Pietro Marcello
Writers: Jack London (novel), Maurizio Braucci (screenplay)
Stars: Luca Marinelli, Jessica Cressy, Vincenzo Nemolato
Italian with English Subtitles
“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.”
-A.O. Scott, NY Times