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on 14 April 2017
Good film which is quite faithful to the original book. The DVD does have an annoying pause in the middle which is a pain and fiddly to get past.
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on 19 May 2012
Cristo Si E' Fermato A Eboli

DVD quality: I have just received this Director-approved restored version [NB: Cecci Gori release] from an Italian supplier (Little Music Shop - most helpful and knowledgeable) via Amazon - first class picture and sound quality (with a haunting score) with excellent English subtitling (not on the extras, sadly). (I bought the Kino release years ago and found the image quality very disappointing and gave it away without watching it in total. Maybe it is better now).

I have finally found a release well worth having in my opinion, albeit not 1.33:1 so top and bottom cropped with slight black vertical bars and 145 min runtime (originally 214 min and 1.33:1 on the TV four-episode release - only available on Artificial Eye VHS). That apart it is such a well-portrayed [autobiographical] story /direction / acting / location that it is a joy, nonetheless.

Set in rural Southern Italy from 1935-37 it gives great political insight into attitudes of and to the Peasantry and the values of the provincial Fascists and bourgeoisie. There is so much humanity and some natural comedy as the groups (bourgeois vs peasants) clash. Wonderful touching insights into the esteem in which the poor held the USA, which to them was closer than Rome. Instructive historical insight into past struggles from Levi's researches. Illuminating pompous, specious nonsense lectures from the local Fascist Mayor were borne with dignified, amused patience.

Carlo Levi was educated as a Doctor but had not qualified to practice before being politically exiled. His natural humanitarian stance led him to understand the poor, their history and inextricable fate. He looked after their health interests despite being ordered not to and gained their deep respect, despite being both an outsider and of the middle class; a very wise and sensitive man. He states his feeling of guilt at not feeling able to keep his promise to return and visit them after his release from exile.

I recommend the autobiographical book of the same title:Christ Stopped at Eboli (Penguin Modern Classics)

A very interesting, entertaining, absorbing and moving story based on the author's actual experience; a marvellous piece of cinema and is definitely in my personal top ten DVDs.
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on 4 September 2015
Based on the account of an antifascist, Carlo Levi, sent into `confino' (domicile with restriction of movement in a remote part of Italy) under the Mussolinian regime. The signification of the title is that civilisation stopped in the hinterland of the provincial town of Eboli A wonderful film in many respects: a superb performance by Gian Maria Volonte and stunning landscape shots. However, Levi's account of a deeply depressed community is here prettified. The locals have an earthy vitality. Even the odious Fascist mayor is here presented as an almost decent chap. Certain departures from Levi's text in the screenplay (e.g. a minor baron's vision of heaven as a patronage-system) are illuminating.
There have been few films directed by Rosi available in DVD, although `Salvatore Giuiano' has also been released recently. This consummate late work is especially welcome
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on 2 February 2016
Nice but I would have wished to buy the full length 270 min. Also the film focuses too much on politics and is not as humane and lyrical as the wonderful novel. Gian Maria Volonté is a magnificent actor.
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on 19 March 2015
Having read the book the film gave a good impression of what life was like in that period.
Some details were left out, and it was rather long and slow moving, but worth watching
all the same
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on 8 November 2015
Saw this film many years ago when it was released and it is very evocative. Recently bought as a present for a family member so can't comment on its condition but expect it to be excellent. No problems with receipt, timeliness and packaging.
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on 16 February 2015
The characters in this film were brilliantly portrayed and it gave a wonderful picture of life in a remote village in 1930s Italy. It was touching and memorable.
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on 3 June 2015
Impressive acting by Volonte, as usual. Am very content with this DVD, Looking for more DVD's featuring this Italian actor who died too young, alas!
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on 3 March 2015
An excellent DVD, well acted with some stunning scenery. It was a good portrayal of rural life in Southern Italy during the war.
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on 9 October 2016
Has been my favorite film since it came out ; though would like to see the full 240min version available with subtitling
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