Martin Eden

129 mins
8 / 10 (2132)


Martin is a self-taught proletarian with artistic aspirations who hopes that his dreams of becoming a writer will help him rise above his station and marry a wealthy young university student. His dissatisfactions of working-class toil and bourgeois success lead to political awakening.

MUBI's take

With indefatigable stylistic energy, Pietro Marcello transposes Jack London’s autobiographical novel to the streets of Naples for a beguilingly romantic study in class and political evolution. Ablush with gorgeous 16mm photography, Martin Eden forges a rich, panoramic metaphor for modern society.