Also known as Christ Stopped at Eboli, Francesco Rosi's 1979 film is an engrossing, often lovely piece of work based on writer-painter Carlo Levi's book about his two years in exile. Accused in 1935 of antifascist activities, Levi is sent to the mountain community of Lucania, a place beyond much of the influence of the modern age. Priests are suspect and ill-respected, while the few middle-class representatives of government and order are seen as outside oppressors, as immutable as the other harsh facts of nature. Gian Maria Volonte gives an eloquent performance as the thoughtful Levi—this powerful actor is capable of an intricate subtlety of expression, so that our perceptions of Lucania are filtered through the actor's consciousness as well as the character's. With Paolo Boncicelli, Francois Simon, and Irene Papas. In Italian with subtitles.
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