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Writers:
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Release Date:
4 November 1977 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Set in Italy, the film follows the lives and interactions of two boys/men, one born a bastard of peasant stock (Depardieu)... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Under-rated epic See more (92 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert De Niro ... Alfredo Berlinghieri

Gérard Depardieu ... Olmo Dalcò (as Gerard Depardieu)

Dominique Sanda ... Ada Fiastri Paulhan
Francesca Bertini ... Sister Desolata
Laura Betti ... Regina
Werner Bruhns ... Ottavio Berlinghieri
Stefania Casini ... Neve - Epileptic Woman

Sterling Hayden ... Leo Dalcò
Anna Henkel-Grönemeyer ... Anita the Younger (as Anna Henkel)
Ellen Schwiers ... Amelia

Alida Valli ... Signora Pioppi
Romolo Valli ... Giovanni Berlinghieri
Bianca Magliacca ... Peasant Woman
Giacomo Rizzo ... Rigoletto
Pippo Campanini ... Don Tarcisio
Paolo Pavesi ... Alfredo as a Child
Roberto Maccanti ... Olmo as a Child
Antonio Piovanelli ... Turo Dalcò

Paulo Branco ... Orso Dalcò (as Paolo Branco)
Liù Bosisio ... Nella Dalcò (as Liú Bosisio)
Maria Monti ... Rosina Dalcò
Anna Maria Gherardi ... Eleonora
Demesio Lusardi ... Montanaro - Big Eared Peasant
Pietro Longari Ponzoni ... Pioppi
Angelo Pellegrino ... Tailor
José Quaglio ... Aranzini
Clara Colosimo ... Woman who accuses Olmo
Mario Meniconi
Carlotta Barilli ... Peasant
Odoardo Dall'aglio ... Oreste Dalcò
Piero Vida
Vittorio Fanfoni ... Fanfoni - a fascist
Alessandro Bosio ... Fascist
Sergio Serafini ... Young Fascist
Patrizia De Clara ... Stella
Edda Ferronao ... Stella's Daughter
Winni Riva ... Parisian Peasant
Fabio Garriba ... Peasant at Attila's execution
Nazzareno Natale ... Peasant at Attila's execution
Katerina Kosak ... Parisian Peasant

Stefania Sandrelli ... Anita Foschi

Donald Sutherland ... Attila Mellanchini

Burt Lancaster ... Alfredo Berlinghieri the Elder
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Francesco D'Adda ... Soldier on Train (uncredited)
Allen Midgette ... Vagabond (uncredited)
Salvator Mureddu ... Chief of the King's Guards (uncredited)
Mimmo Poli ... Fascist (uncredited)
Tiziana Senatore ... Regina as a Child (uncredited)
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Directed by
Bernardo Bertolucci 
 
Writing credits
Franco Arcalli (written by) and
Giuseppe Bertolucci (written by) and
Bernardo Bertolucci (written by)

Produced by
Alberto Grimaldi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Vittorio Storaro 
 
Film Editing by
Franco Arcalli 
 
Production Design by
Maria Paola Maino 
Gianni Quaranta 
 
Art Direction by
Ezio Frigerio 
 
Set Decoration by
Maria Paola Maino 
 
Costume Design by
Gitt Magrini 
 
Makeup Department
Paolo Borselli .... hair stylist
Iole Cecchini .... hair stylist (as Jole Cecchini)
Giannetto De Rossi .... key makeup artist
Fabrizio Sforza .... makeup artist
Maurizio Trani .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Giuseppe Banchelli .... production supervisor
Paolo De Andreis .... production manager
Augusto Marabelli .... production supervisor
Alessandro Mattei .... production supervisor
Silvano Spoletini .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Massimo Arcalli .... assistant director
Suzanne Durrenberger .... second assistant director
Clare Peploe .... second assistant director
Gabriele Polverosi .... assistant director
Peter Shepherd .... assistant director
Giovanni Soldati .... second assistant director
Claudio Taddei .... third assistant director
Giuseppe Bertolucci .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Carlo Agate .... construction chief
Mauro Pagano .... assistant production designer
Gianni Silvestri .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Fausto Ancillai .... sound mixer
Roberto Arcangeli .... foley artist
Michael Billingsley .... sound editor (as Mike Billingsley)
Claudio Maielli .... sound
Giuliano Maielli .... sound recordist
Alessandro Peticca .... sound editor (as Sandro Peticca)
Decio Trani .... boom operator
 
Visual Effects by
Andrea Baracca .... digital color timing: restored version HD to 35mm (uncredited)
Ludovico Bettarello .... digital online film restoration: Technicolor Rome (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Giuseppe Alberti .... assistant camera
Luciano Galli .... chief electrician
Alfredo Marchetti .... key grip
Mauro Marchetti .... assistant camera
Angelo Novi .... still photographer
Enzo Tosi .... camera operator
Enrico Umetelli .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vittoria Guaita .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Gabriella Cristiani .... assistant editor
Ugo De Rossi .... assistant editor
Fernanda Indoni .... second assistant editor
Ernesto Novelli .... color technician
Rosemarie Ruddies .... assistant editor
Elvio Sordoni .... assistant editor
Chris Balton .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Angelo Giovagnoli .... musician: french horn
Nando Monica .... musician: accordion
Ennio Morricone .... conductor
Rota .... musician: ocarina (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ferruccio Amendola .... voice dubbing: Robert De Niro
Claudio Camaso .... voice dubbing: Gérard Depardieu (as Claudio Volonté)
Riccardo Caneva .... administrative director
Riccardo Cucciolla .... dubbing director
Leonardo Curreri .... administrator
Mario Di Biase .... general manager
Rossella Ferrero .... production secretary (as Rosella Ferrero)
Maurizio Forti .... administrator
Clemente Giovannini .... press office
Alberto Grimaldi .... presenter
Antonio Guidi .... voice dubbing: Donald Sutherland
Renato Mori .... voice dubbing: Sterling Hayden
Nico Naldini .... press office
Enzo Ocone .... continuity
Antonio Pala .... administrator
Giuseppe Rinaldi .... voice dubbing: Burt Lancaster
Angelo Sarago .... administrator
Rita Savagnone .... voice dubbing: Dominique Sanda
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Novecento" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
USA:245 min (heavily cut) (R-rated version) | 317 min (2 parts) | Argentina:250 min (heavily cut) | Australia:248 min (heavily cut)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Canada:R | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 (DVD) | Finland:K-16 (1988) | Finland:K-18 (1976) | France:-16 (uncut) | Germany:18 (uncut version) | Hungary:18 | Italy:VM14 (part 1) | Italy:VM14 (part 2) | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Norway:18 (DVD release) (2005) | Portugal:M/16 (uncut) | Singapore:R21 (cut) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (original rating) | USA:Unrated (uncut version) | USA:NC-17 (uncut version) (rating surrendered) | West Germany:16 (f) (original rating) | West Germany:16 (video rating) (cut)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Bernardo Bertolucci stated that in an interview, he filmed the scenes of the movie based on the four seasons. If you notice, the meeting of the boys is summer, the adult reunion of Alfredo and Olmo takes place in a fall moment. The Fascist takeover is winter, while the end of World War Two is spring.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
Olmo Dalco:[leading a procession with Anita down a street in the early morning] Wake up! Wake up and come out!
Anita:[announcing the deaths of seven elderly Communists by arson] All of them murdered by the Fascists! Murdered by the Fascists!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991)See more »

FAQ

Why did Attila become a fascist?
Why are there two titles for this film, "1900" & "Novecento"?
Why didn't Alfredo put a halt to Attila's actions?
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93 out of 125 people found the following review useful.
Under-rated epic, 3 July 2003
Author: David_Niemann from Melbourne, Australia

"1900" follows the lives of two friends (although sometimes they seem more like enemies!) born on the same day in a beautiful part of Italy. Olmo is born a bastard to peasant farmers and Alfredo is the son of a wealthy businessman. We watch their lives unfold with vivid cinematography and lush visuals of the exceptionally beautiful countryside. The movie jumps forward, to the end of World War 1, and Olmo returns home after fighting. And essentially the film follows the exploits of the two protagonists as they deal with love, friendship, money, death and the evils of war.

The film unfolds like a finely crafted book, taking its time to tell its story.

Unfortunately, the version that I watched was horrendously dubbed. It was so bad my brother couldn't continue watching. I tried to look past this major fault, as I started to love the film's story and visuals, and it does get better, but I'd be extremely disappointed to find out a subtitled version doesn't exist. And to make matters worse, it was also a Pan & Scan version. This doesn't bother me too much if I'm watching, say 'Mrs. Doubtfire', but "1900" is definitely a wide-screen movie. Some scenes were practically ruined as characters are framed to the extreme right or left. For example, at the beginning where Olmo lays on the train line, I couldn't see him in the wide shot! I couldn't see what was going on. Terrible! And the version I watched came in at about 4 hours and 35 minutes. So it was a cut version, and this is blindingly obvious. The cuts are dreadful. This has to be some of the worst editing I have ever seen in my whole movie viewing life.

But for all these problems (easily solvable problems that have nothing to do with the movie itself (unless the dub is the original)) I fell in love with this movie. I didn't really notice the hours passing by; the story and the characters suck you into their world, and don't let go until the final credits roll. And even then they are stuck in your head, along with the more memorable scenes. I couldn't help but be reminded of my own childhood, even when the scenes had no context to my memories. For instance, the simple setting of workers ploughing a field bought back memories of playing in a big dirt mound in our backyard as a child, or beautifully lit scenes at sunset; I could almost feel the warmth. These memories made me feel really good, and whether it was intended or not to remind the audience of their childhoods, the film certainly had this wondrous effect on me.

I was quite shocked with some of the scenes in this film, especially the rape scene. While there is no sex shown at all (at least in this version), the crying eyes say more than any words or images could. You should be warned this film has some pretty graphic violence and contains a few explicit sex scenes. But the sex scenes are refreshingly realistic, as opposed to Hollywood's fraudulent version of sex.

The acting is, for the most part, admirably handled. Robert De Niro is convincing as the rich son with a poor peasant as his best friend. This role could have descended into cliché, but De Niro steers it clear of any such event. Towards the end of the film De Niro's performance is terrific. It's remarkable that in the same year that this was made, De Niro played a certain Travis Bickle in the seminal 'Taxi Driver.' 1976 was certainly De Niro's year! Gerard Depardieu is wonderful as Olmo. I have never seen a movie of Depardieu's where he was young, and I must say he was very handsome in his day! His performance elicits emotion without settling for sentimentality. The supporting cast do a good job. Burt Lancaster is both charming and divine, yet in one scene I was quite uncomfortable as to where it was going to lead. But he portrays this without the cliché of a `dirty-old-man' but rather a lonely man who may not remember where the line of decency may now lie. Donald Sutherland is disgusting beyond description. No, not his acting, but the character he plays. I haven't seen too many of Sutherland's films (unfortunately, off the top of my head I can only recall 'Fallen') but I'm keen to see more of his work, as his acting here is top notch. And the hunchback (sorry, can't remember his name) is delightfully endearing. Only some small characters have questionable acting talents, but in a film with so many bit parts this may well be expected.

The word 'epic' seems to imply greatly to this film. While the scope and size of the film is epic, the film relies heavily on the lives of the main protagonists. In a way this is an intimate epic, if such a thing could exist.

This is an excellent film that is highly recommended for people interested in Italian history, the landscape of Italy and beautifully crafted films. This particular version is recommended to people interested in gaining evidence that Pan & Scan is the work of Satan and that dubbing should be a sin.

If you enjoyed the films `Schindler's List' and `La Vita é Bella', then I'm sure you'll get something out of this film.

You shouldn't be turned off by the long running time of this film, you get so engrossed with the story the time just flies by. This is certainly an under-rated classic, treated poorly by some versions.

10/10 If in wide-screen, un-cut and subtitled. 9/10 If Pan & Scan, cut and dubbed.

But as I have to give one overall score, I'd have to say 10/10.

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