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CHRISTMAS STORIES: AN EXCLUSIVE FACETS 2-PACK
Two major figures of the second Italian film renaissance offer a pair of powerful Christmas tales that focus on the spirituality behind the holiday. With the 1983 Italian television production
(171 mins.), Ermanno Olmi retells the story of the Three Wise Men from the vantage point of children. By taking the journey of the Magi at face value, the film is simultaneously "humorous, moving, magical and irreverent" (
Faber Companion to Foreign Films
). This is joined by Francesco Rosi's brilliant
Christ Stopped at Eboli
(1979, 150 mins.), a deeply moving film full of faith in human values, and a subtly critical portrait of modern Italy. Gian Maria Volonte stars as Carlo Levi, a political exile banished to a village in southern Italy by Mussolini. There Carlo experiences the alien world of poverty and despair. In Italian with English subtitles.
Ermanno Olmi/Francesco Rosi---Italy---1983/1979---321 mins.