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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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. See more »
As Attila Mellanchini is shot by the communist partisans on VE Day, a close-up is shown of a man's hand holding the pistol to Attila's head. The pistol in his hand is a Beretta M951, which only began production circa 1953 - eight years after the war ended. See more »
In the UK, the movie was released by Fox video in 1992 as a twin VHS set. This ran for just over 303 minutes at 25 frames per second, the speed at which films are transferred for the PAL video format. This 18-rated release was not cut by the BBFC, but is missing the explicit masturbation shot when Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu visit the prostitute. Otherwise, it appears to be the complete Italian language version, and includes the scene where the two main characters play with their genitals as young boys. See more »
A too much long but beautiful movie, showing the political changes in Italy in the Twentieth Century. These changes are presented and reflected through the friendship of Alfredo (Robert De Niro) and Olmo (Gerard Depardieau), from the end of World War I to the end of World War II, from the ascent of the Fascism to its decline and the ascent of the Socialism. Alfred and Olmo were born in the same day and in the same place, landowner and peasant respectively. As far as they grow up, Bertolucci presents the changes in the political scenario in Italy, affecting the relationship between these two friends. The film is a little exhaustive, but it deserves to be watched more than one time. Recommended to viewers who like European movies and particularly Italian history and Bertolucci. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "1900"
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