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Q&A with director Pietro Marcello and star Luca Marinelli, courtesy of Film at Lincoln Center.
“A cinematic knockout… the sort of movie that restores your faith in an art form.”
– David Fear, Rolling Stone
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. In Italian with English subtitles. Not Rated. Director: Pietro Marcello (Italy 2019) 129 min
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