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1900 [Blu-ray]

Robert De Niro , Gerard Depardieu , Bernardo Bertolucci    Unrated   Blu-ray
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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

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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.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A big project overwhelmed by it's own intentions Jan. 6 2002
Format:VHS Tape
"Novecento" was one of the most eagerly awaited movies of the seventies. It was meant to be, as Bertolucci himself intended, the italian "Gone with the wind", an epic story about what happened in the bel paese during the first half of the twentieth century, the political turmoil between WW1 and WW2, the rise and fall of the fascism, the birth and widespread of the communist and socialist movements as a response to the social unjustice. There was a big project, the financial means to realise it (american studios financing communist propaganda - can you believe that?), some of the world best actors at the time. And what maybe matters the most there was Bernardo Bertolucci whose political ideas have never been in glaring contradiction with the "Communist Manifesto". So who else could make this movie better than him? Having put this fabulous international team together the standarts were set very, very high.
As much as I adore Italy and italians, and as much as I love Bertolucci, De Niro, Depardieu, Lancaster and Sutherland, I have to say this movie let me down a little bit. I mean it's a good movie, but it could have been much better. The snag is that one has to know what happened in Italy during that period of time to fully understand what the movie is really about. Bertolucci knew it beforehand, which probably explains his need to have the best french actor, the best american actor, some other excellent american actors besides his italian actors troop (some of them are excellent by the way) to be in this movie. I think I can say that I know pretty well the italian twentieth century history, and yet I think this movie is a little bit of a mess.
The italian paysage, the countryside, the photography and the colors are really breathtaking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The perfect example of great talent wasted. Nov. 3 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
I like movies. Good movies. Takeshi Kitano, Martin Scorsese, Wong Kar Wai, Sam Fuller, Sam Peckinpah, Kubrick, Welles, Soderbergh, Buster Keaton, and yes, Bertolucci. "The Conformist" in particular I find to be stunning. "1900" is the kind of film that makes me lose faith in a great director. It has none of the beauty of "The Conformist". It is terribly acted across the board. Everyone is so far over-the-top that this plays like a comedy more than a historical drama. Even Robert DeNiro, who was just coming off "Taxi Driver", is awful. Donald Sutherland seems to be having fun, but probably because he realized how ridiculous the film was. And has there ever been a more laughable villain than Sutherland in this film? He crushes a cat against a wall, kills a small child by bashing his head against a wall, and impales an old woman on a fence. His character is a bad guy out of thousands of less ambitious films.
Maybe the only one who emerges unscathed from this mess is Sterling Hayden, who doesn't have any scenes in which he embarrasses himself (unlike everyone else in this film) and manages to create a somewhat realistic character.
I don't care if Bertolucci made this film. It's completely inept, devoid of subtlety or intelligence, and terrible in every way. If Bernardo's name wasn't attached to it, people would laugh this film into obscurity. But no, people make excuses for it and for some reason even give it five stars. If possible, I'd give it zero.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great epic movie June 30 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Not enough people have seen this great epic movie about the industrial revolution in europe. featuring a star studded fantastic cast
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By Jamie MacDougall TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Novecento (aka: 1900) centers around two young men who were born on the same Italian estate on the same day. One is the son of a poor peasant farmer, while the other is the son of the wealthy fascist landowner. The two men’s stormy relationship over the years serves as an allegory of 20th century Italy and spans from 1900 to 1945.

The ambitious film is infamous for it’s epic length (5+ hours!), controversial subject matter and subsequent censorship, going over budget, and constant re-editing. Over the years it has been presented in several severely cut versions with varying degrees of picture and audio quality.

This three-disc set from the folks at Olive Films is the five and half hour original director’s cut of the film. The first two discs contain the movie on Blu-rays while the third disc is a DVD of ‘Bernardo Bertolucci: Reflections on Cinema’ documentary and a related text-based essay. The video & audio quality of the release isn’t perfect, but is certainly a big step up from any version I’ve viewed before. Given the film’s epic length I think it’s probably safe to bet this is the best we can expect for some time.

Though the strong sexual content and graphic violence in the film may turn off many viewers, I think 1900 is a movie that should be experienced at least once. It’s a true epic in every sense and offers solid performances from Robert De Niro, Gerard Depardieu, Burt Lancaster and Donald Sutherland (as one of the most disgustingly vile villains ever to appear on celluloid). It’s a far from perfect film, and although it requires a bit of patience on the viewers part with a running time of over five hours, still comes highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply flawed, yet also amazing
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... Read more
Published on July 10 2012 by K. Gordon
1.0 out of 5 stars Tiresome to sit through
An interesting idea for a film but not well executed. Much of the acting was so broad it was annoying or not believable (part of that was due to the dubbing). Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2004 by Philip S. Kashdan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cult-Movie for the Working Class
Simply the Movie of my Life .I guess the DVD extras will be smashing!
Published on Dec 7 2003 by Paulitus
1.0 out of 5 stars Career nadir
This film drove Bertolucci to a nervous breakdown and he had to take a year off after making it, becoming an incessant pill-popper into the bargain. Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2003 by R Jess
5.0 out of 5 stars About the different lenght versions of Novecento
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2003 by Rafael Chinchilla
1.0 out of 5 stars just awful
I have seen hundreds of movies in my life, and this has to be the worst. Because it is apparently trying to make some important point. Read more
Published on July 18 2003 by Christopher Kaufman
5.0 out of 5 stars An Operetta
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. Read more
Published on Dec 6 2001 by Doug Anderson
2.0 out of 5 stars One of the great disasters in film history
I realize that I could take a hit in terms of helpfulness votes, but I have to write this review. For those who haven't seen this yet, let me say this: the end result of this... Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2001 by "admiralbuttons"
5.0 out of 5 stars Gives the satisfaction of finishing a good novel!
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... Read more
Published on May 15 2001 by Joseph L Kremer
5.0 out of 5 stars Gives the satisfaction of finishing a good novel!
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... Read more
Published on May 15 2001 by Joseph L Kremer
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