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

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  • Format: DVD-ROM
  • Language: English, French, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IHYXGM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,383 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Italy / US DVD with English subtitles. Genre: political historical drama.

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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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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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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 amazon.com is the very best, and also the 20th Century Fox DVD, virtually the same as the Paramount print and available from amazon.co.uk is just as good. Don't waste time or money on the MGM DVD.
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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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Magnificent but very disturbing view of Italian history and the rise of fascism through the eyes of two Italian boys-to-men born with the dawn of the 20th century..
Not for children.... Strictly for thoughtful adults.
This restoration is gorgeous!
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A beautiful & well told story that describes the relationship between 2 peasant & landowning families over 3 generations. Visually appealing & with historically accurate background. Enjoyable AND educational.
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I saw this film quite a few years ago, and i remember being swept away by the sheer beauty and scope of it. At the time i didn't know that many of the European stars, the main reason i watched it was for Robert De Niro and Donald Sutherland. Now of course it's chock full of people i really love, like the great Stefania Sandrelli, not to mention, Dominique Sanda and Alida Valli.

However for me having seen it again recently, it's the joy of seeing three of my all time favourite actors right at their peak, De Niro, Sutherland & the wonderful Gerard Depardieu.

Bernardo Bertoluuci's films often leave me a bit cold, they of course are fantastically well made, brilliantly acted and usually very epic, or complex, but often they can i be just a little pretentious or long-winded, even a bit boring..but not so here, the story of the contrasting families and at the same time the rise of Fascism in Italy is fascinating.

If you like epics, are interested in Italy and it's early 20th Century politics, or just love a really great big film to become lost in, then do recommend you to see it.
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