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  • Actors: Burt Lancaster, Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu, Dominique Sanda, Donald Sutherland
  • Directors: Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Producers: Alberto Grimaldi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 28 July 2008
  • Run Time: 299 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NOKLTS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,824 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This epic Bertolucci film follows the birth and growth of Fascism, Mussolini and his opposition in Italy from 1900-1945. It is demonstrated by the lives of one land-owning family and their peasant workers and summed up in the friendship between rich Alfredo and poor Olmo who were born on the same day. As they get older the injustices of life become clearer and their friendship is put to the test.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 July 2012
Format: DVD
So flawed 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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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Robert on 1 May 2007
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20th Century Fox originally released this DVD on April 30th, 2007 but they accidentally missed off the crucial, opening credit sequence lasting about three minutes. They re-released it on July 28th 2008 corrected, with the opening credit sequence in English rather than Italian, but about a minute shorter than usual. This classic is in a nice steelbook cover, and the second disc includes fascinating interviews with director Bernardo Bertolucci on the casting of and making the film. This is the first major picture in which Robert De Niro played the lead. A great edition from Fox; don't miss it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Nutt on 4 April 2010
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One of my favourite films ever, a four-hour operatically constructed review of the Italy of the early twentieth century. The roles are all brilliantly played and Bertolucci cleverly pastiches social realism in some amazingly choreographed scenes. The farm is itself a symbol for Italy as the main characters play their roles to the leitmotifs of this period in Italian political, economic and cultural history. The photography is also superb.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 29 April 2007
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1900 is a mixture of the good, the bad and the ugly of Italian cinema. Bertolucci's defiantly left wing political epic at times plays like a Sidney Sheldon doorstop novel as written by a disciple of Karl Marx, has a laughable first hour and some performances that are so far over the top they've circumnavigate the globe and come back again. Yet it also has moments of genuine power, a sweeping ambition to it and is one of the most beautifully photographed films ever made due to Vittorio Storaro's wondrous combination of natural light, backlighting and the `magic hour' as the situation demands. Ennio Morricone's score is consistently one of his best as well, ensuring that the film sounds as good as it looks.

Chief debit is Burt Lancaster's senile padrone, hanging himself because he can't even get the erection he needs to rape the child of one of his employees: no gattapardo he. Donald Sutherland's socially mobile foreman-turned-fascist thug veers between plus and minus - it's a broad performance, as you'd expect from a character whose idea of political debate is to headbutt a kitten to death (it's an extremely tough film on animals: the kitten's death may be faked but none of the other animal killings are), although there are moments that ring true in the latter section.

Ultimately it doesn't amount to much - the basic thesis can be reduced to "Fascism, socialism - huh. Both as bad as each other," with paradise postponed once again at the very moment of liberation and the status quo more or less restored for the rest of the century. But there's a side of me that can't help thinking that for the most part it's a movie about peasants' rights made by a group of people who are now multi-millionaires who'll make almost anything if you write them a big enough cheque...
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By F. Perry on 5 Nov. 2009
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I originally saw this film in a 4 hour version over 30 years ago and always remembered if fondly. However viewing it now in its full 5 hours and one minute directors cut I find it a mixed bag. There is no doubt there is a sweeping good tale with great characters within this epic but there is also a lot of pretentiousness. The dubbing of some actors (Cast is part Italian, part American) is an unusual and sometimes annoying feature. The acting varies from over the top - Burt Lancaster/Donald Sutherland to the quite moving. One truly wonderful feature however is the magnificent cinematography. If you've not seen it before and and wish to fill a long wet evening you could do worse but ultimately its just too damn long.
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