Martin Eden (second feature)

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Martin Eden

Martin Eden

original title:

Martin Eden

directed by:


Maurizio Braucci, Pietro Marcello, from the novel by Jack London with the same title

costume design:


Avventurosa, IBC Movie, Shellac Sud, Match Factory Productions, Rai Cinema, supported by Ministero della Cultura, Bayerischer Rundfunk, with the support of CNC, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Regione Lazio, Regione Campania, Film Commission Regione Campania





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When unskilled laborer Martin Eden meets Elena, the daughter of a wealthy industrial family, it's love at first sight. The well-educated, refined young woman soon becomes an obsession for Martin who hopes that his dreams of becoming a writer will help him rise above his humble origins to be able to marry Elena. With determination and at the cost of great hardship, Martin sets out to get the education that his class has never allowed him to receive. Finding support in an older friend, left-wing intellectual Russ Brissenden, Martin soon gets involved in socialist circles, leading not only to political reawakening and destructive anxiety, but also a conflict with Elena and her bourgeois world.

Martin Eden tells our story, the story of those of us who were molded not in the family or at school, but through what we encountered along the way. It is a novel of the self-taught, of those who believed in culture as a means of emancipation and were, in part, disappointed. A book of great political relevance that reveals Jack London’s ability to glimpse the dark side of the future, the perversions and torments of the twentieth century. We have imagined our Martin living through the 20th century, or rather a ‘fusion,’ a dreamy transposition of that period, freed from temporal coordinates and no longer set in the California of the novel but in a Naples that could be any port city (or for that matter any city) in Italy.