#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Martin Eden struggles to rise above his destitute, proletarian circumstances through an intense and passionate pursuit of self-education, hoping to achieve a place among the literary elite.
Plot: The tale of an individualist proletarian in a time marked by the rise of mass political movements. In early 20th-century Italy, illiterate sailor Martin Eden seeks fame as a writer while torn between the love of a bourgeois girl and allegiance to his social class.
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IN BRIEF: A pretentious artistic approach undercuts a strong story.
JIM’S REVIEW: (MILDLY RECOMMENDED) Martin Eden is an artistic muddle of style over substance. Loosely based on Jack London’s semi-autobiographical novel, Martin Eden told the story of working class struggles and oppression set in the early 1900’s. Director Pietro Marcello has taken that novel and transported that story in place and time: The title character now lives in Italy, although the time frame is purposely confusing. It seems to take place somewhere in the mid-20th century, although the anachronistic fashions and technological devices collide frequently to raise some doubt.
Plot details remain the same as Mr. Marcello follows the same basis premise of the book. A working class man searches for a better life. Doing menial jobs, he yearns for a better education and wants to become a published writer. Martin’s ultimate goal is important to him, as he has fallen in love with a rich and pampered upper-class girl from a strictly bourgeois family. Martin meets other figures that spur him into action during his class struggle for success, with tirades against socio-economical injustice and protests about socialism, democracy, unions, and the rights of individuals being freely bantered about throughout the film.
We follow Martin’s journey with high interest and remain captivated by the film despite constant cross-cutting of archival footage that adds atmosphere and further confusion. The handling of these jarring images is innovative yet infuriating as it addles the moviegoing audience. Mr. Marcello’s vision upends the essential storytelling and overcomplicates his movie with these flourishes. (At one point, I wondered if these cinematic intrusions were a political statement of society’s ills, Martin’s actual written stories brought to life, or just heavy-handled historical documentations from that century…I still don’t know. What I do know is that the overall effect remains jarring and undercuts the narrative.)
Through 2/3 of the film, this reviewer was intrigued with Mr. Marcello’s bold approach to the material despite the aforementioned major flaws in his execution. But the last third of the film makes absolutely no sense. Leaps of logic are everywhere. Once the ship literally sinks (and it does), the story bounces ahead to an entirely different Martin, one with dyed blonde shoulder-length hair and rotting front teeth who is cynical about life but still rants against the inequities of wealth and power. The final shot negates everything before it. (Again I wondered if I skipped a reel or two due to the lack of continuity.)
The cast is uniformly strong, especially Luca Marinelli in the title role. His 50’s matinee idol good looks create a likable hero and the actor is excellent in his well-defined role. Jessica Cressey makes an attractive love interest, although their relationship is predictable in its conclusion. Adding fine support in their supporting roles are Carmen Pommella and Carlo Cecchi.
All in all, Martin Eden is too artsy for its own good. It forgets its own working class roots. Less artistic license would have delivered a stronger film. Ostentatiousness reigns. When style overrides the story, one questions its real purpose. The film puts on airs that only the bourgeois could love. Martin would have railed against it. (GRADE: C+)
Self-contradicting, failed pseudo-political narrative, pointless plot.
Pros: Great photography, successful original mix of new and old footage, entertaining.
Cons: Everything goes well, until halfway the film gets to the essence of things. That is when the contradiction starts, disappointing superficial (childish) arguments empty of essence, and the poor viewer who identified with the main character, feels betrayed up until the pointless unoriginal ending of the movie.
In short, it’s a self-contradicting film based on the flawed approach of the original author of the novel (Jack London) who even admitted “I must have bungled it”, and was made worse by the filmmaker. The writers (the director Pietro Marcello along with Maurizio Braucci ) even added a known politically misleading cliche-phrase as-a-fact, -that doesn’t exist on the book, and is worth mentioning here since the movie has a pseudo-political narrative: “Philosophy was born because the Ancient Greeks were able to avoid physical labor thanks to their slaves who allowed them to devote themselves exclusively to thought.”
-Why then philosophy wasn’t born somewhere else, where slavery was flourishing in the whole known world for centuries? -Why philosophy that set man on its center for the first time in history, was born after democracy was invented and established for the first (and only) time and shifted all power to the people? -Why philosophy was born on a state that gave the slaves more privileges than the privileges of the citizens of the rest of the world, and conversion of a citizen to slave was prohibited by law (and all slaves were foreigners brought from abroad and had equal rights with every citizen except voting)? So, was philosophy born due to the slaves in Ancient Athens, or due to the fact that democracy freed thought for the first time, logic and rhetoric was born, schools of thought, that attracted all wise men from around the world to see, learn and contribute to the “miracle”?
So, please try not to parrot false, misleading cliche, especially the ones about history, it’s neither good for you, or your viewers.
Original Language it
Runtime 2 hr 9 min (129 min)
Genre Drama, Romance
Director Pietro Marcello
Writer Jack London (novel), Maurizio Braucci (screenplay), Pietro Marcello (screenplay)
Actors Luca Marinelli, Jessica Cressy, Vincenzo Nemolato, Marco Leonardi
Country Italy, France, Germany
Awards 12 wins & 51 nominations.
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 16 mm
Cinematographic Process Super 16
Printed Film Format DCP