"Christ Stopped at Eboli" — FINAL DAY

The new complete, uncut version of Francesco Rosi's 1979 film.

(Jul. 12-25) — In 1935, Jewish painter, writer, doctor and anti-Fascist leader Carlo Levi (1902-1975) — played by the great Gian Maria Volontè — is exiled from Turin to Lucania, a region deep into the instep of southern Italy, a place so abject even Christ has forsaken it. In this most desolate of landscapes, existing side by side with ravishing natural beauty, he finds a town where there is only one car and one porcelain toilet; where magic spells, curative coins, and evil spirits exist side by side with Christianity; where cleaning lady Irene Papas ("Zorba the Greek") is the only woman who can enter the priest's house because she’s already had 17 children with 17 different men; and where, until Levi is allowed to practice, there are no competent, trusted doctors. And yet, as Levi lives among the town's people, humanity starts to break through. Based on Levi’s best-selling 1945 memoir (still in print and available at our concession). 

Created for Italian television in four 55-minute parts, the film was cut in half for its 1980 U.S. release (to 2 hours — Rosi’s own theatrical cut was 2½) and senselessly re-titled "Eboli." DCP.

“Achingly beautiful.” — David Denby

“The American theatrical premiere of the full version, now at Film Forum, is an event.” — J. Hoberman, The New York Times

“I was completely absorbed… the audience seemed hushed, as if at a concert where the musicians were playing very softly.” — Pauline Kael


Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 12:30pm



Film Forum
209 W. Houston St.
New York, NY 10014



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