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The Legend of 1900 (1998)

La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano (original title)
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A baby boy, discovered in 1900 on an ocean liner, grows into a musical prodigy, never setting foot on land.

Director:

Giuseppe Tornatore

Writers:

Alessandro Baricco (monologue Novecento), Giuseppe Tornatore
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Roth ... Novecento
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Max
Mélanie Thierry ... La ragazza
Bill Nunn ... Danny
Clarence Williams III ... 'Jelly Roll' Morton
Peter Vaughan ... Negoziante
Niall O'Brien Niall O'Brien ... Capo del porto
Alberto Vazquez ... Machinista messicano (as Alberto Vázquez)
Gabriele Lavia ... Contadino
John Armstead John Armstead
Cory Buck Cory Buck ... Lemon - age 8
Norman Chancer Norman Chancer ... Impresario
Sidney Cole ... Musician
Katy Monique Cuomo Katy Monique Cuomo ... (as Katy Monique Cuom)
Luigi De Luca ... Neapolitan Stoker
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Storyline

1900. Danny Boodmann, a stoker on an American passenger liner, Virginian, finds a baby abandoned on the ship. He names the child Danny Boodmann T.D. Lemon Nineteen Hundred '1900' and raises the child as his own until his death in an accident on the ship. The child never leaves the ship and turns out to be a musical genius, especially when it comes to playing the piano. As an adult he befriends a trumpet player in the ship's band, Max Tooney. After several years on the ship Max leaves, and tells the story of 1900 to the owner of a music store. Written by grantss

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ship | 1900s | piano | pianist | jazz | See All (93) »

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A beatiful story of a man who could do anything... except be ordinary. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

28 October 1998 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

La légende du pianiste sur l'océan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,200, 31 October 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$259,127, 12 December 1999
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sciarlò, Medusa Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tim Roth can not, in fact, play the piano. He trained for six months just to be able to "fake it" for the film. See more »

Goofs

The recording equipment used for making the record was clearly acoustic in nature, showing large horns. This type of recording was largely replaced in 1925 by electrical recording, using microphones. Yet the recording was made somewhere between 1927 and 1933, according to Tooney's story. Furthermore, the recording engineer played back the matrix immediately; this would have ruined the matrix, which was cut in wax. In those days, immediate playback was only possible using a 2nd set of equipment expressly for that purpose. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Max: I still ask myself if I did the right thing when I abandoned his floating city. And I don't mean only for the work. The fact is, a friend like that, a real friend - you won't meet one again. If you just decide to hang up your sea legs, if you just want to feel something more solid beneath your feet - and it's then you no longer hear the music of the gods around you. But, like he used to say, you're never really done for, as long as you got a good story, and someone to tell it to. ...
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Alternate Versions

Original version released in Italy is 2 hours and 45 minutes long. A 123-minutes version premiered at the Locarno film Festival in July 1999. This shorter version is the same released in the USA by Fine Line under the title "The Legend of 1900". See more »


Soundtracks

It's a Long Way to Tipperary
(1912)
Written by Jack Judge (as J. Judge) and Harry Williams (as H. Williams)
EMI Music Publishing Italia s.r.l.
(Cut from the American version)
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Legendary
8 September 2001 | by DockelektroSee all my reviews

As its pianist, this film could be bound for success, but the fact is, it remained relatively obscure. I can't understand why did a movie with this deepness and feeling end up in oblivion. Because, if there are some beautiful movies, this is one of them, from the moment that fantastic Ennio Morricone score begins until we witness the tear-jerking finale. An epic story from tip to toe, we journey through the original story of a man who becomes a pianist on board the boat where he was born. And as he grows, so does the fascination by the others in his art and the questions whether he should take that leap overboard and become a "normal" person. A brilliant movie, from the man who brought us "Cinema Paradiso" and made us all cry, this won't disappoint you, and it's worth by Morricone's score alone. The sequence where the piano floats freely through the dance hall is anthological. A legend of its own.


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