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Legend of 1900 [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000066744
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,265 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Feb. 2002
Format: DVD
The story, told by the main character's best friend Max (Pruitt Taylor Vince) takes place on the Virginian, one of the luxurious ocean liners of the Titanic-era. It's an epic tale of jazz music, friendship, romance and....magic. A baby boy is found on the Virginian by Danny Boodman, one of the ship's stokers. He names the boy after the name on the crate he was found in: T.D.Lemon. Since it's the turn of the century, 1900 is added as his surname.
Tim Roth is 1900. Or more accurately: Danny Boodman T.D. Lemon 1900. It turns out that 1900 is a special boy. His gift for the piano makes him a legend. But in order to experience the the piano sound of the legendary master, you have to make a cruise because 1900 never sets foot on land!
The only one to come close to the way 1900's mind works is his friend and colleague Max, an accomplished trumpet player in the ship's band. As Max puts it: "You're never really done for as long as you got a good story and someone to tell it to". And boy does he tell a beautiful story. A story that will keep you mesmerized all through the film. There are scenes that will definitely put a smile on your face. For instance the scene when 1900 tries to cure Max from his seasickness by offering him a ride on his piano! And what about the piano duel? Watch this movie and find out for yourself. A heart-warming, touching movie with a touch of magic. Highly recommended.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 May 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I put this movie up there with the greats such as The Green Mile and Shawshank Redemption. It takes its own time with unraveling the storyline, and lets you sink in luxuriously. The other reviewers have done excellent jobs with the synopsis, so I won't go into that here.
Tim Roth is superbly cast as 1900, his fake piano-playing is very convincing! More could have been made, I believe, about 1900's early years and how he came to be able to play the piano (we first see him playing clandestinely in the Virginian's First Class dance hall, with the crew and captain gather around, completely astonished). The film does not explain where he learnt music (was it from continually hearing it on the radio, or did he find a sheaf of old piano music one day and just decide to try it out himself, or did he spend hours watching and listening to the liner's resident pianist playing?).
The duel between 1900 and Jelly Roll Morton (excellently portrayed by the scary Clarence Williams III) will make you uneasy, as you don't quite know how it will turn out, but you'll be squirming in your seat rooting for 1900. The outcome, of course, is, shall we say ... red-hot?!
The film ends not the way I would have expected ... I kept hoping and hoping, but no last-minute miracles here, unfortunately. Still, it's a life-affirming tale told with reverence, and it's a shame it's so under-rated. It did win a Golden Globe award, I believe. I wouldn't have watched it if I hadn't caught the word "Pianista" on the cover in my (local) Spanish videoshop : "La Leyenda de Pianista en el Oceano"!! How's that for an even weirder title!!
A definite one for the collection, if you, like me, are a Music or Jazz afficionado. There's plenty of Jazz in the film, all right - enough to make your fingers twitch and your feet dance!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By jesjaspers on 10 Jun. 2000
Format: DVD
I just have been totally spellbound watching this video. I stumbled across it when there didn't seem anything else worth getting from the video shop. I had never heard of this, but because it was Tim Roth I thought I would take a chance. Now I cannot understand why I had never heard of it. The musical score is incredible - lots of classical and jazz, including a lot of Jelly Roll Morton and some Scott Joplin. Roth plays the adult character of a boy born and abandoned aboard a transatlantic liner in 1900 who plays piano exceptionally. This film is hypnotic. Just go and watch it, now!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Josephine on 12 Mar. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is an unusual gem - a real 'find'! I picked it up in the bargain box of my local video store a few years ago and bought it because it had an unlikely title and an intriguing storyline. I was not disappointed! Just as other reviewers have commented, it is gentle and slow and very moving. It also has its funny bits - one of the best scenes is when there is a big storm at sea, and the trumpet player gets seasick. He ends up sitting on the piano stool next to the pianist as the piano is cut loose from its tethers and rolls around the ballroom as the ship sways and tilts, and all the time the pianist is playing. Marvellous! I've watched the film several times and always cry at the end. I'm now purchasing the DVD to bring me more up-to-date.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
THE LEGEND OF 1900 has as its protagonist a man named D.B.T.D.L. 1900. The "1900" is indicative of the year he was born and found abandoned on a luxury ocean liner, the "Virginian", after its passengers had disembarked in New York. Let it suffice to say that the other initials stand for the ship's crewman that discovered him, and the brand name on the produce crate in which he was lying.
The time frame of this film can be tricky at the beginning unless one pays attention. The "now" is, apparently, after WWII. After pawning his trumpet in an English hockshop, Max (Pruitt Taylor Vince) begs to play it one last time. While doing so, the pawnbroker recognizes the melody as that played on a piano on an old record. He spins it for Max, who identifies the pianist as 1900, whom he met in 1927 when he (Max) signed aboard the Virginian as a band member. In a flashback, he recalls the story of 1900's birth, emphasizing that the man never ever left the liner to set foot on solid land. On being asked where he found the disk, purportedly the master copy of the recording session and the only one in existence, the shop owner says it was hidden in a piano that came off an old hospital ship berthed in the harbor. On going to the dock, Max recognizes the rusting hulk as the Virginian, which is in the process of being loaded with explosives designed to scuttle the vessel. Convinced that 1900 is still aboard and hiding, he insists on a search. Interspersed with this activity are more flashbacks to the 20s and 30s when Max played with 1900 in the ship's main ballroom.
THE LEGEND OF 1900 is not a perfect film by any means. The character of The Girl (Melanie Thierry) and her relationship with 1900 are left frustratingly underdeveloped.
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