The Legend of 1900
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I remember having a guest over one evening who was seeing it for the very first time. His reaction (after wiping a tear from his eye) was to exclaim "what a wonderful movie! How did anyone even get a film that quirky made?" There is no Hollywood 'formula' to this film. It proceeds without any of the usual conventions: no good guy vs. bad guy struggles, no sex, no violence, and no crude jokes. It is like that really good book that you start reading one night when it is already too late but are unable to put down until you have turned the last page.
It's about the nature of art, the power of music, the mystery of friendship and love. Most of all, it's about how our fears prevent us from experiencing the immensity of life.
When was the last time you saw a movie tackle issues like this?
The widescreen production is ravishing to watch. It's rare to see an art house film executed with such first-class grandeur. The acting is also uniformly excellent. And the score is luscious.
If you liked THE PIANO or AMADEUS, prepare to be blown away.
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.Read more ›
Most of the film takes place on one of those luxurious ocean liners so popular as a means of transportation in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. One day, a grunt from the engine room named Danny (Bill Nunn) discovers an abandoned baby in the ship. Not knowing what to do about such a startling find, he decides to keep the little guy and raise him as his own son. With the help of some of his fellow employees, Danny also decides to name the infant 1900 as a tribute to the start of the new century.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of the finest pieces of cinema ever produced, and I have seen it many times. After looking for it extensively online (Amazon Prime, YOU should offer this, but don't... Read morePublished 7 days ago by JON C WEBSTER
I gave it as a gift to someone who loves the movie as much as I do. She went out to buy a blue-ray player just to watch it. Haven't heard her reaction.Published 1 month ago by PeeKay
Boring, ponderous, and self congratulatory. Looked promising at first, but I had to turn it off after 1 1/4 hours.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A wonderful story that my 12 year old daughter introduced me too years ago. No, it's not a child story she's just weird.. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tweedle Dee
One of my favorite movies. I try to recommend this to everyone I see.Published 2 months ago by William Lowe