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Martin Eden  2019
Director:  Pietro Marcello
Producer:
  Beppe Caschetto, Viola Fügen, Pietro Marcello, Thomas Ordonneau and Michael Weber
Art Director:
  Tiziana Poli
Editor:
  Aline Hervé and Fabrizio Federico
Music:
  Marco Messina, Sacha Ricci and Paolo Marzocchi
Screenplay:
  Maurizio Braucci and Pietro Marcello, based on the novel by Jack London
Director of Photography:
  Francesco Di Giacomo and Alessandro Abate
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Cast:
spacer1 Luca Marinelli
spacer1 Carlo Cecchi
spacer1 Jessica Cressy
spacer1 Vicenzo Nemolato
spacer1 Marco Leonardi
spacer1 Denise Sardisco
spacer1 Carmen Pommella
spacer1 Autilia Ranieri
spacer1 Elisabetta Valgoi
spacer1 Pietro Ragusa
spacer1 Savino Paparella
spacer1 Vincenza Modica
spacer1 Luca Marinelli spacer1 Carlo Cecchi spacer1 Jessica Cressy
spacer1 Vicenzo Nemolato spacer1 Marco Leonardi spacer1 Denise Sardisco
spacer1 Carmen Pommella spacer1 Autilia Ranieri spacer1 Elisabetta Valgoi
spacer1 Pietro Ragusa spacer1 Savino Paparella spacer1 Vincenza Modica
spacer1 Luca Marinelli spacer1 Carlo Cecchi
spacer1 Jessica Cressy spacer1 Vicenzo Nemolato
spacer1 Marco Leonardi spacer1 Denise Sardisco
spacer1 Carmen Pommella spacer1 Autilia Ranieri
spacer1 Elisabetta Valgoi spacer1 Pietro Ragusa
spacer1 Savino Paparella spacer1 Vincenza Modica

Synopsis:
A passionate and enthralling narrative fresco in the tradition of the Italian classics, Martin Eden is sure to be a landmark film in Pietro Marcello's already bright career. A captivating and unconventional adaptation of the 1909 novel by American writer Jack London, Marcello's film transposes the story of a striving autodidact to an unidentified Italian port city, removing precise temporal cues to create an elegance rare in cinema today.

"Under that muscled body of his was a mass of quivering sensibilities," writes London of his titular character, here embodied by a coruscating Luca Marinelli. Initially a sailor, Martin Eden is inspired to educate, elevate, and remake himself as a writer following a chance encounter and romantic infatuation with the sophisticated, higher-class Elena (a luminous Jessica Cressy). As Martin develops and intensely pursues his new-found obsessions, both literary and social, he betrays those around him, denies his class consciousness, and rejects his humble origins, which gnaw at him from within.

Review:
An epic story of amour fou played out against an (a)historical backdrop of shifting values, Martin Eden is a cinephile's dream. Shot on Super 16mm with echoes of Rossellini's search for truth and Visconti's nihilistic decadence (Ludwig in particular), the film's formal brilliance includes intermittent use of archival footage as a living, breathing, haunting pulse beneath the film's celluloid surface. In the hands of Marcello, a largely independent and political filmmaker, this quintessential tale of an individual torn between ideals and ambitions becomes a clarion call in the face of today's dogmatic posturing.

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