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Spotlight Cinema: Martin Eden
October 21 @ 7:00 pm - October 28 @ 7:00 pm
A sweeping, big-canvas period drama, Martin Eden is a worthy new addition to Italy’s rich art cinema canon. Adapted from Jack London’s semi-autobiographical novel, the film recounts the rousing tale of a working-class sailor who rises above his station by pursuing a career as a self-taught writer. As Martin becomes romantically entangled with a wealthy university student and ascends to the bourgeoisie, his lofty new vantage point spurs a profound political awakening. Emotionally involving and intellectually rigorous, Pietro Marcello’s acclaimed film is anchored by a star-making performance from Luca Marinelli, who won the Best Actor Prize at the Venice Film Festival and has justifiably earned critical comparisons to a young Robert De Niro.
“An absolute blast. Includes documentary footage, wealthy decadence, left-wing politics, angry speeches (in Italian!), beautiful women, square-jawed men, quotations from Baudelaire and the heroic deployment of manual typewriters, hand-rolled cigarettes, ascots and Volvo sedans. Everything I love in movies, more or less.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“Spellbinding. One of the best films of the last decade.” – Sight and Sound