The son of the owner of a large Italian cheese factory is kidnapped, but as the factory is on the verge of bankruptcy the owner hatches a plan to use the ransom money as reinvestment in the... See full summary »
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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Extra scenes after principal photography had been completed were filmed in September 1975 after production had finished in May of that year. 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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Among a dozen or so scenes that were extended in "versione integrale", there are a number of new scenes featuring:
Longer shot of the boy dying in the very beginning
Berlinghieri digging the wine out of the cellar before serving it to the peasants
After Elma tells everyone of Berlinghieri's suicide, the crowd rejoices and dances
The first scene with Attila is extended into a speech
Graphic scenes of the mutilation of pigs is extended
After Regina taunts Ada with keys to the wine, Ada pours wine over Regina's head
Gifted filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, along with his collaborators, probably bit off more than they could chew with this massive epic of politics, revolution, love and war, but it's nevertheless a fascinating entertainment for those with the constitution to sit through at least 4 hours (the original long version is 5 hours +!) of imperfect dubbing.
Robert DeNiro and Gerard Depardieu play, respectively, a rich landowner and a peasant, born on the same day of the new century. The story of their friendship takes them from bucolic idyll to the rise of Fascism, bloody war and its aftermath, and back again. Veterans Burt Lancaster and Sterling Hayden play their grandfathers, Dominique Sanda is the woman they both love, and Donald Sutherland inhabits the cartoonish character of Attila, their Fascist nemesis, with trademark fish-eyed malice and depravity.
Gorgeous cinematography by Vittorio Storaro and a gentle, evocative score by Ennio Morricone lend this disjointed story more appeal and dramatic clarity than it might otherwise merit. If the simplistic politics at the end leaves you cold, there will have hopefully been enough vivid and touching scenes along the way to make it worthwhile.
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