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Christ Stopped at Eboli (Blu-ray) Criterion


An elegy of exile and an epic immersion in the world of rural Italy during the regime of Benito Mussolini, Francesco Rosi’s sublime adaptation of the memoirs of the painter, physician, and political activist Carlo Levi brings a monument of twentieth-century autobiography to the screen with quiet grace and solemn beauty. Banished to a desolate southern town for his anti-Fascist views, Levi (Gian Maria Volontè) discovers an Italy he never knew existed, a place where ancient folkways and superstitions still hold sway, and that gradually transforms his understanding of both himself and his country. Presented for the first time on home video in its original full-length, four-part version, Christ Stopped at Eboli ruminates profoundly on the political and philosophical rifts within Italian society—between North and South, tradition and modernity, Fascism and freedom—and the essential humanity that transcends all.

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Special Features

New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
New interview with translator and author Michael F. Moore
Documentary from 1978 on Italian political cinema, featuring director Francesco Rosi and actor Gian Maria Volontè
Excerpt from a 1974 documentary featuring Rosi and author Carlo Levi
Excerpt from Marco Spagnoli’s 2014 documentary Unico, in which Rosi discusses working with Volontè
Rialto Pictures rerelease trailer
New English subtitle translation by Moore
PLUS: An essay by scholar Alexander Stille and a 1979 director’s statement by Rosi