Christ Stopped at Eboli (film)  

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Christ Stopped at Eboli is a 1979 film adaptation of the book of the same name by Carlo Levi. It was directed by Francesco Rosi and stars Gian Maria Volontè as Carlo Levi, with Paolo Bonacelli, Alain Cuny, Léa Massari, and Irene Papas.

The film received the first BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1982.

Carlo Levi was a painter and writer, but he also had a degree in medicine. Arrested in 1935 by Mussolini's regime for his anti-Fascist activities, he was sent to live in remote town in southern Italy, in the region of Lucania which is known today as Basilicata. The landscape was beautiful, the peasantry poor and neglected. Since the local doctors were not interested in peasants and not trusted by them, he began to help them.

It is a film that observes life, rather than one full of dramatic happenings. The war in Ethiopia is mentioned, but as something very remote. Mostly you see a very unfamiliar life-style.

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