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1900 (1976)

Novecento (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, History | 4 November 1977 (USA)
The epic tale of a class struggle in twentieth century Italy, as seen through the eyes of two childhood friends on opposing sides.

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Franco Arcalli (screenplay by), Giuseppe Bertolucci (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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 Bianca Magliacca ... Peasant Woman
Giacomo Rizzo Giacomo Rizzo ... Rigoletto
Pippo Campanini Pippo Campanini ... Don Tarcisio
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Storyline

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 Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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The motion picture for your century See more »

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | France | West Germany

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

4 November 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

1900 See more »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(heavily cut) (R-rated) | (2 parts) | (heavily cut) | (heavily cut) | (Part I) | (Part II)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Alfredo Berlinghieri: Where's my father's gun?
Olmo Dalco: I have hidden it.
Alfredo Berlinghieri: You'd better be careful. If you don't use it, it gets rusty.
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An absolute must see.
9 January 2011 | by danspacemanSee all my reviews

This masterpiece of cinematic brilliance is the reason films get made. Don't let the fact that it is 5 hours long daunt you - you won't feel the time. You will instead be completely absorbed in an epic story that, despite its rather simple premise of following the lives of two men, is really like watching a novel. I can't really describe the film any other way than that - it is a novel.

There are some scenes that are hard to watch, especially in this day and age of political correctness and "you can't do that on television" attitude, but set your 21st century mind aside. This film shows life in its rawest form. Brutal at times, hilarious at others, but altogether real.

This film defines the talents of so many household names. It has become like an old friend - like that book you read every year or two. By the end, you will find yourself utterly spent and it will stay with you forever.

Novecento is one of those films you absolutely, positively must see before you die.


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