Martin Eden

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Italy | 2019 | 127 minutes | Pietro Marcello

November 11, 2019

Cinema Italian Style

Jack London's 1909 novel is transposed to Naples, as a sailor's dream of the literary life as a way to pursue a beautiful upper-class woman clashes politically with his humbler background.

Martin Eden (Luca Marinelli), a dissatisfied sailor, dreams of becoming a writer after a chance encounter with the sophisticated, high-class Elena (Jessica Cressy). But the pursuit of his dream leads him to betray his friends and deny his working-class roots, which eats away at him until he undergoes a political reawakening. Based on the Jack London novel of the same name, Pietro Marcello's film walks a fine line between documentary and fiction, invoking comparisons to both Rossellini and Visconti.

  • Director: Pietro Marcello
  • Principal Cast: Luca Marinelli, Carlo Cecchi, Jessica Cressy, Vicenzo Nemolato, Marco Leonardi, Denise Sardisco, Carmen Pommella
  • Country: Italy, France
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 127 minutes
  • Producer: Pietro Marcello
  • Screenplay: Maurizio Braucci, Pietro Marcello
  • Cinematographers: Francesco Di Giacomo, Alessandro Abate
  • Music: Marco Messina, Sacha Ricci, Paolo Marzocchi
  • Language: Italian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes