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Martin Eden (2019)




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Set in a provocatively unspecified moment in Italy's history yet adapted from a 1909 novel by American author Jack London, 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 twinned dissatisfactions of working-class toil and bourgeois success lead to political reawakening and destructive anxiety in this enveloping, superbly mounted bildungsroman.


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Critic Reviews for Martin Eden

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (3)

This spry yet increasingly bitter romantic drama is so vague and un-targeted that its social critiques feel less defined than ever.

September 3, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The story finally runs aground on an iceberg of undigested ideas, barely developed themes and bad hair choices.

September 3, 2019 | Full Review…

In the end... the film suffers from Eden's own weighty intellectual pretensions, railing against society without finding the means to articulate the argument.

September 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite Martin Eden being only two hours, it is so densely packed with a cosmos's volume of emotion and life, that it is as epic as any Sergio Leone or David Lean film.

May 21, 2020 | Full Review…

A young man's adventuresome quest to become a successful writer.

May 8, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A film with absolute beauty both visually and in sound with a great balance as a political film, an epic drama and a love story. [Full Review in Spanish]

November 19, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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