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1900 (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) (1977)

Robert De Niro , Gérard Depardieu , Bernardo Bertolucci  |  Unrated |  DVD
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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: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 315 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,529 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "1900 (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 1900: The Story, The Cast featurette
  • 1900: Creating an Epic featurette

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Additional Features

The extra features for 1900 are brief but valuable, consisting of two short featurettes. Both are simply an interview with director Bertolucci (with director of photography Vittorio Storaro chiming in on the second, titled Creating an Epic), who dismisses charges that he uses sex exploitively, discusses Jean Renoir's encouragement to "find a way to let reality enter the film," and admits that, regarding his grand ambitions for the movie--that it would provide a bridge between the U.S. and the Soviet Union--"I was completely nuts." Bertolucci is his usual charming self as he relishes his memories of making this expansive film. --Bret Fetzer

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Bernardo Bertolucci's massive epic, a history of Italy from 1900 to 1945 as reflected through the friendship of two men across class lines, is one of the most fascinating, if little seen, of his films. After beginning with Robert DeNiro as wealthy landowner Alfredo, and Gerard Depardieu as labor leader Olmo, the film returns to 1900 with the death of composer Giuseppi Verdi and the birth of the two friends. The opposing class interests of their grandfathers, padrone Burt Lancaster, and laborer Sterling Hayden, is quickly established in the enmity between the characters. As they grow, the boys become friends, mystified by the tensions that separate their families. But as time passes and Alfredo assumes the role of padrone, while Olmo works the land, their relationship becomes strained. With the rise of fascism, the director spells out its complicity with business interests, as the diffident Alfredo falls under the spell of a vicious and degraded fascist farm manager played by Donald Su

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181 of 195 people found the following review helpful
This is, in fact, Bertolucci's original cut of 315 (!) minutes. Having seen both the 255 minute version and the director's cut, one may actually say what kind of difference can there possibly be between these 2 versions? One is 4 1/4 hours, the other is 5 1/4 hours. They are both incredibly long versions, so what's the point? The point is that there is a huge difference. As incredible as it may sound, the shorter version seems longer, as it doesn't have the same narrative flow as the longer version does. There are subtle differences between the versions that make certain scenes different. For example, there is a scene where the leaders of the town go duck hunting (warning! Bertolucci shows the actual killing of ducks here, along with animals being slaughtered for food). They then go into a church to discuss bringing a new fascist order to the town. In the short version, the church scene only consists of the men talking. In the longer version, Bertolucci intercuts the dead ducks with the men talking, giving the scene a graver effect. The sex scenes are longer and more explicit in the longer version as well. I saw this long version at a Bertolucci retrospective, and there were college kids in the audience who were laughing at the sex scenes! The sex scenes, like in all of Bertolucci's work, are meant to be serious and natural, which they are. I suppose the young people of America have a difficult time taking sex seriously after a decade or so of lowbrow, childish, teenage "comedies". Some of the magnificent camera work got lost in the shorter version, because Bertolucci cut some of the beginnings and ends of scenes, where they would be a wonderful camera move opening or closing the scene. As for the film itself, it is incredibly ambitious and amazing to behold. Read more ›
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About the different lenght versions of Novecento October 6, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Let me clarify the question of the different versions of this masterpiece.
The first cut (never released) was 6:15. The European released version was 5:25. In the meanwhile, Alberto Grimaldi (the film's producer) was negociating with Paramount a 3:15 version, betraying Bertolucci, who didn't know a word about.
After the European succes, Fox offered Bertolucci to work on a 4:15 version for the U.S. market. He accepted, and made a second 4:40 version. But Grimaldi's opposition take the case to a court. A judge viewed all three 5:25, 4:40 and 3:15 versions. He concluded that Grimaldi's short version was detrimental and incoherent. So he invited Bertolucci to work in a 4:15 version.
Bernardo did a third cut to 4:10, that had its premiere in the New York Film Festival. There, critics were very negative, since they already knew the european 5:25 version, and compared so. But Bertolucci once declared that this was simply another film; no a single sequence was missing, it just had another pace. For a given moment, he even prefered this version. But years later, he recognizes the short version lacks the "inexorable passing of time" of the full one.
Let me recall this is the only film in history that has put toghether -for the production- all three major studios then, Fox, United Artists and Paramount.
All this information was taken from the book Bertolucci por Bertolucci, the spanish version of Scene madri di Bernardo Bertolucci, from Enzo Ungari, based on the interviews by Donald Ranvaud about The Last Emperor.
I definitely agree with the people asking for a remastering and release on DVD of the 5:25 original version.
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99 of 113 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A big project overwhelmed by its own intentions January 6, 2002
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"Novecento" was one of the most eagerly awaited movies of the seventies. It was meant to be, as Bertolucci himself intended, the Italian "Gone with the wind", an epic story about what happened in the "bel paese" during the first half of the twentieth century, the political turmoil between WW1 and WW2, the rise and fall of the fascism, the birth and widespread of the communist and socialist movements as a response to social injustice. There was a big project, the financial means to carry it out (American studios financing communist propaganda - can you believe that?), some of the world's best actors at the time. And what maybe matters the most there was Bernardo Bertolucci himself, whose political ideas have never been in glaring contradiction with the "Communist Manifesto". So who else could make this movie better than him? Having put this fabulous international team together the standards were set very, very high.

As much as I love Italy and Italians, as much as I love Bertolucci, and as much as I adore De Niro, Depardieu, Lancaster and Sutherland, I have to say this movie let me down a little bit. I mean it's a good movie, but it could have been much better. The problem is that one has to know what happened in Italy during that period of time to fully understand what the movie is really about. Bertolucci knew it beforehand, which probably explains his need to have the best French actor, the best American actor, some other excellent American actors besides his Italian actors troop (some of them are excellent by the way) to be in this movie. I think I can say that I know pretty well the Italian twentieth century history, and yet I think this movie is a little bit of a mess.

The Italian landscape, the countryside, the photography and the colors are really breathtaking.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars All time classic
I wanted to see the uncut version ; it IS too long but still great. It is bitter sweet to se the leads as they looked when young.
Published 23 days ago by Morton Tenzer
2.0 out of 5 stars The most indulgeant film ever made
Imagine if you gave Ken Russell carte blanche to make a movie, provided he set it in Italy. This is what you'd get. Only it'd be three hours shorter and have less gore (!). Read more
Published 26 days ago by The Man in the Hathaway Shirt
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
A very good Movie about 2 familyes in Italy.
People has done a great job With this Version,and a good documentry about the Direector
Published 1 month ago by Morten Salthammer
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Film - Disappointing Blu-ray Version (Quality)
I am so disappointed with this Blu-Ray version, (produced by Olive Films, 2012), in comparison to the 2006 Paramount Pictures DVD version. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Frank J. Stanton
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic Movie
I haven't seen the movie yet since I bought it as a present for my father. However, it looks like an epic movie that really conveys the history behind the rise of fascism and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Vincent De Grčve
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER BURT LANCASTER CLASSIC~~~!!!!
The Blu-Ray format gives new life to old classic films like Bernardo Bertolucci's "1900" starring Burt Lancaster as an old patriarch of an Italian family. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael A~~~~
5.0 out of 5 stars EPIC and AMAZING Young Deniro and Donald Sutherland with Burth...
This is in my top 20 movies of all time. EPIC does not describe it enough. It is so enthralling the first time I saw it was one night when I woke up in the middle of the night and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ivan Womboldt
5.0 out of 5 stars Art imitates life in war torn Italy
Takes some time watching this film, but worth it. It's definatley art imitating life. Must see for all DeNiro fans.
Published 6 months ago by mitch stinnett
5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece
I've waiting so long to find this great movie. No blu ray version in Europa with at least french text. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jean-Pierre Guerin
3.0 out of 5 stars Picture Quality
Picture quality is not up to blu-ray standard. However, taking into consideration of the year which the film was made, it is acceptable.
Published 7 months ago by Wan Chin Chieh
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