Martin Eden

129 mins.
Directed by Pietro Marcello
NR
Italian with subtitles
2020

Playing through November 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.

Winner of the Best Actor prize at the Venice Film Festival and the Platform Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival.


"The entirety of the 20th century — its promises, illusions and traumas — sweeps through the audacious and thrilling MARTIN EDEN." — Manohla Dargis. A New York Times Critic's Pick!


"The film is a masterpiece, so you should see it any way you can. But it’s also nice to know that even by viewing it at home you can help out a struggling, indispensable industry." — Bilge Ebiri, Vulture