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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.

Italian with English Subtitles

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  • Runtime
    129 minutes
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  • Director
    Pietro Marcello
  • Screenwriter
    Jack London (novel), Maurizio Braucci (screenplay)
  • Cast
    Luca Marinelli, Jessica Cressy, Vincenzo Nemolato