Set in Italy, the film follows the lives and interactions of two boys/men, one born a bastard of peasant stock (Depardieu), the other born to a land owner (de Niro). The drama spans from 1900 to about 1945, and focuses mainly on the rise of Fascism and the peasants' eventual reaction by supporting Communism, and how these events shape the destinies of the two main characters. Written by
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The full uncut version (317 minutes) is available in DVD since late 2006 (two discs) including some interviews with Bernardo Bertolucci. See more »
In the movie, Olmo is depicted as coming back from World War One, while Alfredo, even though conscripted, manages to stay at home thanks to his father's connections. In reality, people born in 1901 (like Olmo and Alfredo) were never conscripted to fight in the war, as they were only 17 when it ended in November 1918. The last ones to be conscripted in Italy where those born in 1899. See more »
[all three are lying naked in bed: Alfredo takes a glass of wine]
Drink some wine, eh?
[pushes the glass away]
No, please, no.
[looks annoyed at Alfredo's persistence]
She doesn't want it.
[forces the wine into her mouth]
Drink, you little whore.
[Neve swallows, but soon goes into a seizure]
[realization appears on his face]
Oh no, she's an epileptic!
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Watching 1900 is like walking through Italy, even more so because of the movie's length. However, this is one beautiful film with wonderful performances and great cinematography. The story is both complex and rich with detail and the characters are superbly drawn. 1900 is one of the director's finest works, more symphonic in nature than most films, and deserves a wider audience. Movie buffs will enjoy seeing some rather unique performances by Robert De Niro, Sterling Hayden, and Burt Lancaster.
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