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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Gerard Depardieu, Dominique Sanda, Burt Lancaster, Donald Sutherland
  • Directors: Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Format: Box set, Dubbed, Restored, Special Edition, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Italian, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Mongrel Media
  • Release Date: May 15 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00782O7MA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,356 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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1900 is an epic film of massive scope, power and controversy. It is both a vast history of the 20th Century Italy and an intimate portrait of two friends, both born on January 1, 1900… the son the socialist peasant farmer (Gerard Depardieu) and the son of the fascist landowner (Robert De Niro). The two young men pass through the upheavals of the modern world, as their personal conflicts become an allegory of the political turmoil of twentieth century Italy. 1900 features and award-winning international cast that includes Burt Lancaster, Donald Sutherland, Sterling Hayden, Dominique Sanda, Alida Valli and Stefania Sandrelli. Photographed by legendary cinematographer, Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now) with a beautiful and haunting score by Ennio Morricone (The Mission). Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor). Presented in its original two-part, five-hour version, this magnificent 3-disc edition also features BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI: Reflections on Cinema, a 2002 documentary spanning the career of the master director.

This is one of Bernardo Bertolucci's adventures in epic filmmaking that never found the reception he had hoped for. Originally more than six hours long, it was chopped down to four hours for its U.S. release and as a result looked, well, choppy. Eventually, he restored it to five hours--but one wonders at all the effort on behalf of this alternately muddled and stunning story. The film, with a decidedly socialist agenda, examines two lives that begin the same year in rural Italy: the weak-willed son of the aristocracy (Robert De Niro) and the hardy, courageous son of peasants (Gerard Depardieu). They grow up as best friends on the same estate, until class differences pull them apart and then the era's fascist politics divide them for good. Despite strong performances by both leads, as well as Sterling Hayden, Donald Sutherland, Dominique Sanda, and Burt Lancaster, this one is strictly for Bertolucci's most avid fans. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doug Anderson on Dec 6 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This has been called both a masterpiece and a mess. I am more inclined to side with the masterpiece assessment but with a few qualifications. Bertoluccis political sympathies have always fallen left of center and in this film he presents two characters born on the same day in 1900 but on opposite ends of the economic spectrum. Depardieu is the peasant, and De Niro the spoiled heir of a large estate. The film traces their friendship from childhood to old age. It is obvious that their friendship is the class struggle acted out in miniature but the story is not limited or overly burdened with that fact. In fact the story is too engaging and their experiences together too varied and complex to really see the class struggle as being more than just one factor in a friendship that has many sides to it.
There is so much for the eyes to savor in this film from the unbelievably opulent interiors of De Niro's palazzo to the estates surrounding gorgeous and lush farmlands where the very earthy Depardieu works and lives.
The most enjoyable part of the film is the 1920's when we meet a beautiful femme fatale played by Dominique Sanda. Bertolucci may like to play at being a communist but his camera betrays him when he films all the luxuries the rich surround themselves with. The period decor, the costumes, the cars, everything is greedily enjoyed by the camera. As good as De Niro and Depardieu are, Sanda steals the show whenever she is in view. She is one of the most beautiful actresses of the seventies and she gives a giddy performance. So long as she is indulging in all of her favorite vices she is immensely enjoyable to watch but eventually her naturally fragile, impressionable and wayward temperament(and Bertoluccis script) leads her to sympathize with the poor and despise her wealthy status.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rafael Chinchilla on Oct. 6 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Let me clarify the question of the different versions of this masterpiece.
The first cut (never released) was 6:15. The European released version was 5:25. In the meanwhile, Alberto Grimaldi (the film's producer) was negociating with Paramount a 3:15 version, betraying Bertolucci, who didn't know a word about.
After the European succes, Fox offered Bertolucci to work on a 4:15 version for the U.S. market. He accepted, and made a second 4:40 version. But Grimaldi's opposition take the case to a court. A judge viewed all three 5:25, 4:40 and 3:15 versions. He concluded that Grimaldi's short version was detrimental and incoherent. So he invited Bertolucci to work in a 4:15 version.
Bernardo did a third cut to 4:10, that had its premiere in the New York Film Festival. There, critics were very negative, since they already knew the european 5:25 version, and compared so. But Bertolucci once declared that this was simply another film; no a single sequence was missing, it just had another pace. For a given moment, he even prefered this version. But years later, he recognizes the short version lacks the "inexorable passing of time" of the full one.
Let me recall this is the only film in history that has put toghether -for the production- all three major studios then, Fox, United Artists and Paramount.
All this information was taken from the book Bertolucci por Bertolucci, the spanish version of Scene madri di Bernardo Bertolucci, from Enzo Ungari, based on the interviews by Donald Ranvaud about The Last Emperor.
I definitely agree with the people asking for a remastering and release on DVD of the 5:25 original version.
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By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 10 2012
Format: DVD
So imperfect that I almost feel weird giving it this high a rating. But
two viewings of this somewhat bloated 5 hour plus film left me feeling
the same way; The film is over-simplistic in its characters and
politics, badly dubbed (with actors from all over speaking their own
language, so whatever soundtrack you pick there are important
characters who sound like something out of 'What's Up Tiger Lily'), and
even the English spoken by DeNiro seems post- recorded, making for an
oddly stiff sounding performance.

Yet for all these complaints it is somehow a near-great film. There are
so many moments; images, incidents that are indelible, and in the end
there's such a real emotional punch to this overview of the history of
Italy from 1900 to 1945 as seem through the lives of a few people in a
small town that it overcomes many of the flaws.

I couldn't defend the film from anyone who wanted to tear it down '
e.g. the simple-minded jingoistic endless competition between fascism
and communism as if those were the only two options in the world, with
both sides reduced to cartoon like figures of evil and good.

But it's strengths are strong enough that I'd urge people to judge for
themselves. You may find, like me, that all the flaws don't matter to
you when a film has so many unforgettable moments.
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Bernardo Bertolucci is essentially known for THE CONFORMIST and THE SPIDER'S STRATEGEM and is one of the definitive Italian directors along with Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni. It was apparent that Bertolucci was building a fashionable name for himself near the fall of 1974. As a response, he delivered an epic five hours and thirteen minutes to three studios waiting for an opus of massive scope. Now, contrary to popular opinion, this is what they obtained. His work in 1900 is both a voluminous allegory of the fall of Fascism and the rise of Solcialism in Italy between the year 1900 and 1945. The film devotes its energy towards the relationship between two men, both boyhood friends which the Communist regime soon alters and almost destroys. Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu are the two men involved. Donald Sutherland is chilling as the pernicious Atilla...not to mention Laura Betti as his wife Regina. Burt Lancaster and Sterling Hayden deliver bravaura performances as the two "patriarchs" caught up in the political turmoil near the beginning of the film. If you get the chance to finish the film as a whole, it gives you the satisfaction after you finish an excellent novel. Its epic scope only furthers its sweeping story. It is a challenge, seeing that the film's narrative leaves it to the audience to contemplate the meaning. Scenes of graphic beauty and splendor more than compensate for the more inadequate scenes (the ammount of these scenes are limited to an inutile scene with De Niro, Depardieu and an epileptic prostitute. All of the other scenes are extremely well-done and lovingly accomplished. 1900 is a film not for everyone's taste. For those who are fans of Italian history, this is never to be missed.Read more ›
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