Directed by Francesco Rosi Screenplay by Francesco Rosi, Tonino Guerra, Raffaele La Capria
Exiled from Rome in 1935 by Mussolini's Fascists, Carlo Levi, poet, painter, doctor and political dissident, was sent to a mountain village in Lucania in southern Italy. The book he wrote about this experience, Christ Stopped at Eboli, has become a small modern classic. If the film, which has been carved out of a much longer mini-series originally made for Italian television, does not have quite the stature of the book, it is nonetheless sober, virtuous and quietly absorbing.
The book took its title from the last train stop...