Mario Martone • Italy • 2014 • 143 min
Italian with English Subtitles
Hailed as the finest Italian writer since Dante and often compared to the English Romantic poets Keats and Shelley, Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837) lived an extraordinary life. Martone’s handsome biopic charts his tumultuous life, from the son of Italian nobility being groomed for the priesthood, to his rebellion against his family’s plans for him. A lover of books and language, he resolves to be a poet, and begins to write incessantly. His poetry and inquisitive, restless spirit soon carries him to Rome and Florence, in and out of love, and to a dramatic confrontation with mortality. Leopardi is an absorbing dramatic portrait of Italy’s greatest 19th century poet.
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