1900

1900

DVD - 2006
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An epic film that is both a history of 20th century Italy and a portrait of two families. It is also the story of the conflicts between two boys, one a peasant and the other a landowner, as they pass through the upheavals of the modern world.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Pictures, c2006
Branch Call Number: DVD Ninet 3565
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 315 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container
Alternative Title: Nineteen hundred [DVD]

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greglibrary Nov 21, 2014

Funny...the movie summary reads as if this were a 'novella' made for HBO...

It speaks not of a [history/period] when
fascism and 'iL' Duce' was on the rise while lives and their allegiances are comprised through a typical village in Italy....not to mention...
the actors cast all do terrific performances.
Where else do you get to see America's [DeNiro], and France's
[Depardieu], performances but also a chance to see Burt Lancaster and Sterling Hayden's
last work.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 31, 2014

You got five hours to spare? Actually, it runs five hours and change. It was originally released in a 3 hour cut, which Bertolucci may have wanted to stick with, but you can't accuse the man of being shy about his talent. After the bold, intimate and erotically charged dramas of "The Conformist" and "Last Tango in Paris," his best film, Bertolucci went big, really big. This epic of Italian history spans decades, generations and wars even if it is telling the rather simple story of two friends, one the son of a landowner (Robert De Niro), the other the son of a peasant (Gerard Depradieu). There's no denying the scope and the beautiful cinematography by Vittorio Storaro, but this is a gorgeous corpse that fails to engage or really tell its story. He seems to be inspired by two films by his countryman De Sica, "The Leopard" and "The Damned," combining the epic scale of the former with the ripe decadence of the latter. The acting is lousy, the dubbing distracting and you'll probably see some scenes you never thought you would. Looking for Donald Sutherland, as a vicious fascist, to head butt a cat, murder a child and get pelted with horseshit? This is your movie. Or maybe you always wanted to see De Niro and Depradieu naked in bed with an epileptic prostitute? Look no further. A slog of a movie.

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akirakato
Aug 27, 2013

This is a 1976 Italian epic directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Set in Bertolucci's ancestral region of Emilia, the film chronicles the lives of two men during the political turmoils that took place in Italy in the first half of the 20th century. I think the title "1900" is misleading because it reminds me of "Boxer Rebellion" that took place at the capital city of China in 1900. In June 1900 Boxer fighters, convinced they were invulnerable to foreign weapons, converged on Beijing with the slogan, "Support the Qing, exterminate the foreigners." The picture of the DVD cover looks like the rebellion. Besides, the film stars inrenational actors such as Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu, Dominique Sanda, Donald Sutherland, Alida Valli, and Burt Lancaster. As a history buff, I thought the 5-hour epic must have something to do with this famous historical event. When I see the opening scene, the caption says "25th of April 1945 Liberation Day." It is far from 1900. I wonder, how come 1945?---not 1900? Watching for 30 minutes, I come to conclusion that this film has nothihg to do with "Boxer Rebellion." So if you're expecting to see the Rebellion in Beijing, don't waste your time. This film is 315-minute-long.

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jimg2000
Aug 11, 2011

Epi story about the different people who lived in, worked on or associated with an Italian estate around 1900. Among the characters, viewers were shown intense moments about love, innocence, poignant conflicts, peace, loss and monstrous acts. Well worth watching.

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Gerrie
Aug 09, 2011

The Director having been Italian farm-boy, this video was probably meant to show the European subservient & subsistence peasant revolt of 19th century against the centuries of traditional customary landowners, until the feudal lords have been replaced by modern Capitalist powers oft he day.
The film is just too long of redundant pointless roller-coasters, which NEVER seem to connect to the intended story.
The film could have been done better in short documentary fashion, with the Director not attaching himself to the story of Italian serfdom.

The sexual language & exposure of the film should be rated XXXXX.
NOT recommended for family-time.

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