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1900 [DVD] [1976] [Region 1] [NTSC]

Robert De Niro , Gérard Depardieu , Bernardo Bertolucci    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu, Dominique Sanda, Francesca Bertini, Laura Betti
  • Directors: Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Writers: Bernardo Bertolucci, Franco Arcalli, Giuseppe Bertolucci
  • Producers: Alberto Grimaldi, Laurent Bouzereau
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Dec 2006
  • Run Time: 315 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,400 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1900 was director Bernardo Bertolucci follow up to the Italian masterpiece, The Conformist, and his legendary work, The Last Tango in Paris. Like Michael Cimmino's similarly flawed-epic, Heaven's Gate, it shows what happens when an acclaimed director gets control of the ultimate cast and an unlimited budget, and is allowed to go over-schedule on a sprawling personal project, without the interference of the studios. As a result of this, 1900 is a deeply flawed film, really falling apart somewhere towards the end and to some extent, slipping away from Bertolucci's grasp as a result of the sheer epic scale of the project. The story begins in the year 1901, on the day of Verdi's death. As the people mourn, the backdrop to the story finds two boys born on the same day - the first boy, Alfredo, is the son of a wealthy landowner... the second boy, Olmo, is the bastard son of a farm labourer - as the story progresses, the two boys become central to the ultimate story, developing a strong friendship that will play-out against a backdrop of war, socialism and the rise of the Fascist party in early twentieth-century Italy. Bertolucci confuses matters further by having the film begin during the 1945 Liberation Day; using this pivotal moment as a framing device to launch into his epic back-story, only to emerge at the end of the story some many years in the future.

The story isn't quite as confusing as it sounds, with the director anchoring the story throughout to the characters of Olmo and Alfredo. In the early scenes, we see the two boys living an idyllic "Huckleberry Finn" style existence, catching frogs, play-fighting, testing each other's bravery with a series of dares... whilst, all the while, succumbing to the lifestyle of their respective families.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great film but MGM DVD is very poor 17 Aug 2008
By Robert
The MGM DVD (with brown tinted cover) is a poor, blurred release with a heavily cut opening credit sequence. Released in Australia, Switzerland and France in 2005, it was the first attempt made for a DVD release in the English language. The Paramount Region 1 DVD available from is the very best, and also the 20th Century Fox DVD, virtually the same as the Paramount print and available from is just as good. Don't waste time or money on the MGM DVD.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic but overlong 24 May 2007
By Jay
This film in its uncut version is 315 minutes long. That means the equivalent of watching both Godfather 1 and 2. For the first and perhaps only time, two giants of modern cinema were reunited namely De Niro and Depardieu. Coupled with the direction of Bertolucci, this is indeed a visual masterpiece which would have been better portrayed aa a mini series rather than a twp part film. Thee are times when the action just meanders and if you understand Italian, then you have an advantage whereas the dubbed version is at best tacky.

A too much long but beautiful movie, showing the political changes in Italy in the Twentieth Century. These changes are presented and reflected through the friendship of Alfredo (Robert De Niro) and Olmo (Gerard Depardieau), from the end of World War I to the end of World War II, from the ascent of the Fascism to its decline and the ascent of the Socialism. Alfred and Olmo were born in the same day and in the same place, landowner and peasant respectively. As far as they grow up, Bertolucci presents the changes in the political scenario in Italy, affecting the relationship between these two friends. The film is a little exhaustive, but it deserves to be watched more than one time. Recommended to viewers who like European movies and particularly Italian history and Bertolucci.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best film I have ever seen. 2 Feb 2006
By A Customer
I can't understand why this film is almost unknown in the UK. It's my favorite one. Social history and personal history are presented brilliantly through the development of a friendship in the first half of the 20th century in Italy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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 head butt 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.

It's an interesting experiment to try to gauge the actors original intent by flitting between the various soundtracks on the extras-free but uncut European DVD - the preferred English soundtrack gives you De Niro, Sutherland, Lancaster, Stirling Hayden and Dominique Sanda talking for themselves, the French offers Depardieu's voice while the Italian gives you more natural vocalisation for the majority of the smaller parts, as does the German.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brilliant many thanks
Published 1 month ago by darren macaulay
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply flawed, but also quite amazing
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... Read more
Published on 11 July 2012 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars A MASTERPIECE
One of the ten best films that I have ever seen. Every frame of film looks like a Renoir painting. The music is aunforgettable. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2012 by Peter M
5.0 out of 5 stars Well pleased
Did what it said on the lable can not ask for more, well happy with product and time it took to get to me
Published on 27 Nov 2011 by Eric Stuart Longley
flawed,political pastiche or genius ?the answer is if you like to see a very detailed ,slow paced movie which is a realist look at 70 years of italian history then this for you but... Read more
Published on 17 July 2008 by doctor oz MB,MRCP
3.0 out of 5 stars Bertolucci's flesh for fascism
Bernardo Bertolucci's exhaustive look at two boys (Robert DeNiro & Gerard Depardieu) born on the same day in the year 1900 (hence; 1900 or Novecento if you prefer). Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2007 by olofpalme63
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but fantastic
A very, very long film that doesn't exactly bounce along. There is some rather odd acting styles reminiscent of Dick Dastardly and a little too much "adult" content than might be... Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2007 by Mark A. Bowman
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb, epic film
I saw this film quite a few years ago, and i remember being swept away by the sheer beauty and scope of it. Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2006 by robertsmike
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