Christ Stopped at Eboli (film)

Christ Stopped at Eboli (Italian: Cristo si è fermato a Eboli), also known as Eboli in the United States,[3] is a 1979 drama film directed by Francesco Rosi, adapted from the book of the same name by Carlo Levi. It stars Gian Maria Volonté as Levi, a political dissident under Fascism who was exiled in the Basilicata region in Southern Italy.

Christ Stopped at Eboli
French poster for the film
Directed byFrancesco Rosi
Written byFrancesco Rosi
Tonino Guerra
Raffaele La Capria
StarringGian Maria Volonté
Music byPiero Piccioni
CinematographyPasqualino De Santis
Edited byRuggero Mastroianni
Release date
  • 23 February 1979 (1979-02-23)
Running time
150 minutes (1979 theatrical release)
220 minutes (uncut TV version)
Box office$78,491[1][2]

The film was shown out of competition at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival[4] and was the first to receive a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1983.[5]

It was included in the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.[6]


Carlo Levi is from Turin. He is a painter and writer. He has a degree in medicine but has never practised it. Arrested in 1935 by Mussolini's regime for anti-fascist activities, he is confined to Aliano (Gagliano in the novel), a remote town in the region of Lucania, the southern 'instep' of Italy, known today as Basilicata. While the landscape is beautiful, the peasantry are impoverished and mismanaged. They are superstitious and insular; many have emigrated to the United States in search of employment. Since the local doctors are not interested in treating peasants, Levi begins to minister to their health in response to their appeals, establishing a strong relationship with the community.

Principal cast


The film was mostly shot in Basilicata in the villages of Craco, Guardia Perticara, Aliano and La Martella, near Matera. Other scenes were filmed in Gravina in Puglia and Santeramo in Colle, Apulia.[7]


Critical response

Christ Stopped at Eboli has an approval rating of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 7 reviews and an average rating of 7.17/10.[8] AllMovie rated the film 4 stars out 5.[9]


Award Category Recipient Result Year Ref
Chicago International Film Festival Best Feature Francesco Rosi Nominated 1979 [10]
David di Donatello Best Film Won 1979 [11]
Best Director Francesco Rosi Won [11]
Nastro d'Argento Best Supporting Actress Lea Massari Won 1979 [12]
Moscow International Film Festival Golden Prize Francesco Rosi Won 1979 [13]
National Board of Review Top Foreign Film Won 1980 [14]
French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Best Foreign Film Francesco Rosi Won 1981 [15]
BAFTA Awards Best Foreign Language Film Francesco Rosi Won 1983 [5]


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  9. "Christ Stopped at Eboli (1979)". All Movie. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
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  11. "David di Donatello". (in Italian). Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  12. "Cristo si è fermato a Eboli - Premi e Nomination". (in Italian). Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  13. "11th Moscow International Film Festival (1979)". Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  14. "1980 Award Winners". Retrieved May 20, 2019.
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