by Joe Pettit, Jr.
Valerio Zurlini was known for crafting existentialist dramas, such as Violent Summer and Girl With A Suitcase, that were almost always autobiographical examinations of human relationships within the context of traumatic historical moments. Known as "the poet of melancholy," Zurlini, a postwar Italian director whose films are better known throughout Europe than the United States, tended to make films that were more influenced by literature and painting than politics. Black Jesus ("Seduto alla sua Destra," which translates as "Seated at his right"), recently released on DVD by Eclectic DVD, was an exception to the rule.
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