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1900 Novecento
Bertolucci, Bernardo.
Collector's ed., widescreen.
Publication Information:
Saint Charles, IL : Olive Films, [2012]
Physical Description:
2 videodiscs (315 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 bonus disc
Epic story of two families in Italy traces both the rise of fascism and the conflict between the sons of the families, both born on January 1, 1900.
General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 1976.

Features: featurettes, documentary "Bernardo Bertolucci : reflections on cinema" (2002).

Bonus disc. Bernardo Bertolucci: reflections on cinema.


Reading Level:
MPAA rating: Not rated.
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DVD 69263 Adult DVD Media Room-Foreign Language Video

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Bernardo Bertolucci's 255-minute 1900 was a gargantuan undertaking, requiring the resources of three European countries and a trio of American movie studios. Set in the Italian town of Parma, the film's continuity backtracks from Liberation Day in 1945 to the occasion of composer/patriot Giuseppe Verdi's death in 1901. We follow the lives of two men born on that day in 1901, who grow up to be Alfredo Berlinghieti (Robert De Niro) and Olmo Dalco (Gérard Depardieu). Wealthy Alfredo sinks into dissipation, while poverty-stricken Olmo becomes a firebrand labor leader and communist. After WWI, Alfredo is allowed to peacefully retain his land holdings by playing nice with the burgeoning fascists; Olmo, on the other hand, engages in a long-standing battle against the minions of Mussolini. The two protagonists are reunited when Alfredo returns to Parma to preside over Olmo's trial for "political crimes." Co-star Burt Lancaster is cast as Alfredo's wealthy grandfather, who hates to see the old values buried beneath the social travails of the 20th century. Many American prints of 1900 were shortened to 243 minutes, rendering the story hard to follow at times. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Library Journal Review

Spanning 70 years of Italian sociopolitical history, Bernardo Bertolucci's (The Conformist) film traces the lifelong friendship of a peasant, Olmo (played as an adult by G?rard Depardieu), and a landowner, Alfredo (Robert De Niro), who are born on the same day. Olmo turns into a Marxist union organizer, while Alfredo becomes a spoiled aristocrat who considers himself a progressive padrone. Marred by caricatured villains and heavy-handed polemics, this sumptuous but flawed magnum opus defines the term sweeping epic. For all collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.