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(1976)

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Donald Sutherland got so upset after seeing his own performance as the sadistic homicidal fascist leader Attila, that he was unable to watch the film for years.
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 II is spring.
More than twelve thousand extras were employed.
The integral version of the film, the entire five hours and seventeen minutes, was shown for the first time in thirty-one years in Belgrade, Serbia (ex-Yugoslavia), on April 12, 2007.
The film's six million dollar budget was supplied by three different sources: two million dollars from United Artists, two million dollars from Paramount Pictures, and two million dollars from 20th Century Fox.
Bernardo Bertolucci had wanted Jack Nicholson to play Alfredo Berlinghieri.
Reportedly, in publicity at the time this movie was released, it was stated that this was the most expensive and ambitious Italian movie ever made.
The original uncut version is five hours and seventeen minutes long, and features additional dramatic scenes, actual animal killings, and explicit sex scenes including one involving Alfredo, Olmo, and Neve.
The production went three million dollars over budget.
Bernardo Bertolucci once said of this film: "At first we planned it as six episodes for television. But in elaborating the scenario, we began to feel that for political, social, and narrative reasons, it belonged on the large screen."
Contrary to popular belief, the scene of the two prepubescent boys examining each others' penises is present in the four hours and fifteen-minute R-rated version.
Bernardo Bertolucci himself cut the three and a half hour version that was originally shown internationally, which he did to appease the studios and financiers, who wanted to use an even shorter cut, that was never released. He still says he prefers the original five hours and seventeen minute cut. His main complaint with the international release, was the English title "1900". With the original title "Novecento", he meant to imply a tale of the twentieth century.
After production shooting was completed, it was decided that this movie would be split into two halves for release as two separate films.
This movie's original budget of six million dollars inflated to almost ten million dollars.
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The painting shown during the opening credits is Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo's "Il quarto stato" (1901), "The Fourth Estate".
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Bernardo Bertolucci cast Robert De Niro after seeing him in The Godfather: Part II (1974).
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Robert De Niro was thought to have been miscast as an Italian nobleman in a historical setting.
Extra scenes after principal photography had been completed were filmed in September 1975 after production had finished in May of that year.
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The full uncut version (five hours and seventeen minutes) is available in DVD since late 2006 in a two-disc set, including some interviews with Bernardo Bertolucci.
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Principal photography started on this picture in July 1974, and was completed nine months later in May 1975, with extra filming continuing right up until September 1975, making the shoot span a period of fourteen months.
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Bernardo Bertolucci approached Warren Oates to play the Burt Lancaster role, but Oates felt he would be an unconvincing Italian.
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This film went over budget and overtime in the shooting schedule.
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Two years earlier, Robert De Niro won an Oscar for playing Vito Corleone, a role that had already won as Oscar for Marlon Brando two years before that. Gérard Depardieu would later be nominated for a Best Actor Oscar, and win a Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival, for his performance in Cyrano de Bergerac (1990), a role that had already won an Oscar, forty years earlier, for José Ferrer.
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Peter Boyle was considered for the role of Attila.
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Stefania Sandrelli replaced Maria Schneider for the role of a progressive schoolteacher after disagreements between Schneider and Bertolucci.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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