- Number of Discs: 3
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 5 hours, 15 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 15, 2012
- Originally Released: 1977
- Label: Olive Films
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Bernardo Bertolucci: Reflections on Cinema
- An Intimate look at the Director's legendary career... featuring archival interviews with Bertolucci from 1962-1996
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French, Italian
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Robert De Niro &
Stefania Sandrelli &
Bernardo Bertolucci &
Director of Photography:
Sight and Sound - 03/01/1978
"...It has a power to surprise, to show the expected event in an unexpected light..."
New York Times - 02/01/1991
"...Grand and flawed, polemical yet filled with brilliant images, it has Tolstoyan ambitions and many endearing quirks..."
Los Angeles Times - 02/01/1991
"...A monumental achievement....1900 overflows with an abundant love of life in all its beauty and pain, sensuality and despair..."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/22/2006
"The frank sexuality still startles, along with some horrifying violence, but 1900's edge is political....Virtuosic filmmaking..." -- Grade: A
Description by OLDIES.com:
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.
Bernardo Bertolucci used the clout and resources he had gained from LAST TANGO IN PARIS to realize the ambitious historical epic 1900. Alfredo (Robert De Niro) and Olmo (Gerard Depardieu) are born on the same day, but Alfredo is the grandson of a wealthy landowner (Burt Lancaster), while Olmo is a bastard born to the peasants who work the rich man's land. The boys grow up as friends who cannot understand the chasm of privilege that separates them--until the time comes for Alfredo to inherit the farm and Olmo the plow. It looks as though Alfredo, under the influence of his worldly wife, Ada (Dominique Sanda), will at least be more enlightened than his predecessors. But Atilla (Donald Sutherland), the local fascist, yokes him (along with the rest of the landowners) to his Black Shirt brutality. Meanwhile, Olmo commits himself, and the peasants he has come to lead, to the hopes of socialism. Although lives are ruined and war ensues, Alfredo and Olmo refuse to let the bewildering course of history destroy their friendship. Bertolucci covers the forty-five-year arc with deft characterization and arresting visuals, including an ear-cutting scene that puts Van Gogh and Quentin Tarantino to shame. The international cast, including Italian, French, and American actors, is superb.
Essential Cinema |
Theatrical Release |
- Shown at the Cannes Film Festival May 1976.
- The painting used in the opening credits is "Il Quarto Stato" ("The Fourth Estate") by Pelizza da Volpedo.
- Bertolucci's efforts to distribute the film with its long running time intact became a cause celebre in the world of cinema.