Pietro Marcello's 'Martin Eden' is not the first onscreen adaptation of Jack London's semi-autobiographical and bitter tale of a rough-and-tumble Bostonian sailor, who attempts to win the heart of a charming woman of the upper classes by diving head-first into literature. But it might be the most touching and most memorable one. The story is transported from Boston to Napels, the time-frame is ambiguous -switching back and forth between the 30s and 70s.The ideas laid bare by Luca Marinelli's portrayal of Martin Eden, however, are universal and timeless: the hypocrisy of class and class differences, the disillusionment of political ideologies and the question of what it means to be an individual.
Creditsdirector: Pietro Marcello
composer: Sacha Ricci, Marco Messina
producer: Michael Weber, Thomas Ordonneau, Beppe Caschetto, Viola Fügen, Pietro Marcello
screenplay: Maurizio Braucci, Pietro Marcello
Editor: Fabrizio Federico, Aline Hervé
Cinematography: Alessandro Abate, Francesco Di Giacomo
production company: Avventurosa
More infodialogue: Italian
subtitles: Dutch/Fr subt.
country: Italy - France - Germany
PIETRO MARCELLO: Il cantiere (2004, short), The Hovel (2005, short), Crossing the Line (2007), The Mouth of the Wolf (2009), Napoli 24 (2010, segment), The Silence of Pelesjan (2011), Marco Bellocchio, Venezia 2011 (2011, short), Venice 70: Future Reloaded (2013), 9x10 novanta (2014, segment), Lost and Beautiful (2015), Ossessione (2016, short), Martin Eden (2019).
Technical Specsformat: DCP