Info: Italy, 1976, 317 mins, Blu-ray Disc, 19+
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Cast: Robert De Niro, Gerard Depardieu, Burt Lancaster, Donald Sutherland, Sterling Hayden, Dominique Sanda, Alida Valli, Stefania Sandrelli
- Wednesday January 10, 2018 - 12:30 pm
"As the two boys grow up they are played by DeNiro and Depardieu. DeNiro as the Berlinghieri heir is an effete coward. He despises the fascists as represented by his brutal and murderous foreman, Donald Sutherland, but he’s afraid to fire him. In contrast, Depardieu fights and struggles every inch of the way. De Niro is amazing here. He is so young, so feckless, so light with none of the tendency to weight and ponderousness, perhaps even rigidity, that he exhibits in later roles. He plays against the enigmatic Dominique Sanda, as his wife made wretched by her husband’s cowardice. Depardieu is simply gorgeous: a great tree with roots deep into the heart of the earth. There is not enough room to talk about all the great performances in this movie, though Sutherland, as evil incarnate must be mentioned. 1900 is a marvelous movie, Bertolucci is one of the best directors who has ever lived…If you’ve never seen it, go; it’s just a matter of too much of a good thing." Kathleen Maher, Austin Chronicle
A rare opportunity to see Bertolucci’s massively ambitious political saga, set on a farm in the Po Valley between 1900 and 1945, in its full, five hour plus form. The film chronicles the fortunes of two young men, one the son of a landowner, the other a worker. Morricone store, Storaro cinematography, and performances from Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu, Donald Sutherland and Dominique Sanda, Burt Lancaster and Sterling Hayden, all magnificent.