Italy 2019

Running time: 129 mins

Martin Eden

Director : Pietro Marcello

Country: Italy

Original Language: Italian

Setting: Naples

Aspect Ratio: 1.66

Colour: Colour

Sound: Mono

Camera: Super 16mm

Cast & Crew, People Appearing and Characters

: Martin Eden: Luca Marinelli (Martin Eden)
Elena (the muse): Jessica Cressy (Elena (the muse))

Date acquired: Jan 2022
Date last seen: Wed 26th Jan 2022


A poor but handsome young sailor stumbles into a wealthy family by saving the son from being beaten up on the quayside and falls in love with the daughter - a university student.

She awakens his ambition to read and learn and make something of himself. He treats her as his life muse,coming back for her approval as he develops through early years of trying to be a writer. The promise to marry when he succeeds, but when success eventually arrives they have moved on and apart so their love is never consumated.

Based on the autobiographical novel by Jack London this is repositioned to Naples in the late 60's/70's

Film Category


First rate Italian style film

by rogerco on Wed 26th Jan 2022. Streaming proj @ home

Just misses a 7th star by being a bit too long towards the end, but otherwise first rate.