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Martin Eden

October 16 - October 22, 2020

Martin Eden

(Dir. Pietro Marcello, 2019)







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From October 16-22, Martin Eden will be available to stream via Acropolis Cinema and Kino Lorber. Acropolis will receive 50% of all revenue.

Adapted from a 1909 novel by Jack London yet set in a provocatively unspecified moment in Italy’s history, Martin Eden is  a passionate and enthralling narrative fresco in the tradition of the  great Italian classics. Martin (played by the marvelously committed Luca  Marinelli) is a self-taught proletarian with artistic aspirations who  hopes that his dreams of becoming a writer will help him rise above his  station and marry a wealthy young university student (Jessica Cressy).  The dissatisfactions of working-class toil and bourgeois success lead to  political awakening and destructive anxiety in this enveloping,  superbly mounted bildungsroman.

A kaleidoscopic historical fantasia that seems possessed by the ghosts of Italian cinema.

- Imogen Sara Smith, Film Comment

Robust [and] innovative... the best page-to-screen transfer I've seen since Chantal Akerman took on Proust in La Captive.

- Melissa Anderson, Artforum

Bursting  with ideas... a mad, brawny character study as well as a cheerfully  anachronistic meditation on Italian political history.

- J. Hoberman, Artforum

Gorgeous,  intellectually rousing classical filmmaking, with a star-making  performance from Luca Marinelli. It's a movie where the political is  achingly personal.

- Justin Chang, The Los Angeles Times

One of  the most epic-feeling Italian movies in years, a throwback to ’70s-era  big-canvas statements. Lead actor Luca Marinelli, rousing in every  scene, comes within hailing distance of the young Robert De Niro.

- Jonathan Rothkopf, Time Out New York

(Available to download after screening date)

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