Crossing the Line (2007)

  • Pietro Marcello
  • 1h 8m
  • Italy

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A seemingly simple documentary abounding in sensual images and phenomenological ideas, Marcello’s first nonfiction feature traces the Italian landscape through the windows of a succession of long-distance express trains, moving from the South to the North and back again. Day and night, landscapes and faces, voices and bodies commingle to yield—even in the ephemeral glimpse offered by a passing train—a rich, variegated, and utterly transfixing portrait of modern Italy as a multiplicity of lives, impressions, old customs, and new cultural tensions.

Note: This film is preceded by 30 seconds of a black screen.


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