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La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano ()


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A baby boy, discovered in 1900 on an ocean liner, grows into a musical prodigy, never setting foot on land.

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Novecento
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Max
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La ragazza
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Danny
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'Jelly Roll' Morton
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Negoziante
Niall O'Brien ...
Capo del porto
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Machinista messicano (as Alberto Vázquez)
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Contadino
John Armstead
Cory Buck ...
Lemon - age 8
Norman Chancer ...
Impresario
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Musician
Katy Monique Cuomo ...
(as Katy Monique Cuom)
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Neapolitan Stoker
Agostino Di Giorgio ...
Banjo Player
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Captain Smith
Andrew Dunford ...
Foreman
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Black Stoker (as Femi Elufowoja Jr.)
Nigel Fan ...
Chinese Stoker
Easton Gage ...
Lemon - age 4
Eamon Geoghegan ...
Sergeant
Piero Gimondo ...
Clarinet Player
Emanuele Gullotto
Michael Korovkin ...
(as Michael Koroukin)
Masa Mbatha Opasha
Gianluigi Molteni ...
Inspector (as Luis Molteni)
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Irish Stoker
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Mattress Maker (as Aida Noriko)
Vernon Nurse ...
Fritz Hermann
Bernard Padden ...
Boatswain
Stefano Pagin ...
Bass Player (as Stefano Pagni)
Riccardo Pellegrino
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Civil Servant
Shaila Rubin
Michael Supnick ...
Trombone
Ivan Truol Troncoso ...
Stowaway
Beniamino Vitale
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Drummer
Heathcote Williams ...
Doctor Klauserman
Paul Richard Wood
Anita Zagaria
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wilson Di Bois ...
Wireless Operator
Steven Luotto ...
Blind Helmsman
Leonid Zaslavski ...
Polish Stoker
Pierluigi Coppola ...
(uncredited)
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The Cook (uncredited)

Directed by

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Giuseppe Tornatore

Written by

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Alessandro Baricco ... (monologue Novecento)
 
Giuseppe Tornatore ... (written by)

Produced by

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Marco Chimenz ... executive producer
Laura Fattori ... executive producer
Laura Susanne Ruedeberg ... consulting producer (uncredited)
Francesco Tornatore ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Ennio Morricone

Cinematography by

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Lajos Koltai

Film Editing by

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Massimo Quaglia

Editorial Department

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Gianni Cerniglia ... negative timer
Mario D'Ambrosio ... assistant editor
Marina Di Patrizi ... film recording
Patricia Innocenzi ... assistant editor (as Patrizia Innocenzi)
Fabian Marquez ... post-production coordinator
Rita Mauro ... assistant editor
Pamela Quaglia ... assistant editor
Stefano Quaglia ... assistant editor
Pasquale Cuzzupoli ... color control (uncredited)
Ingrid Schulz ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Rocio Valladares Alegria ... telecine colorist: film re-master (uncredited)
Paolo Verrucci ... color timer (uncredited)

Casting By

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Valerie McCaffrey
Fabrizio Sergenti Castellani ... (as Fabrizio Catellani)
Jeremy Zimmermann

Production Design by

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Francesco Frigeri

Set Decoration by

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Bruno Cesari

Costume Design by

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Maurizio Millenotti

Makeup Department

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Renato Francola ... assistant makeup artist
Carla Indoni ... assistant hair stylist
Vincenzo Mastrantonio ... assistant makeup artist (as Enzo Mastrantonio)
Luigi Rocchetti ... makeup artist
Aldo Signoretti ... hair stylist
Angelo Vannella ... assistant hair stylist
Jana Carboni ... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Beatrice Di Iorio ... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Giulio Pezza ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Sara King ... post-production executive
Riccardo Neri ... production manager
Andrea Nuzzolo ... unit manager: second unit

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Denver Beattie ... second assistant director
Inti Carboni ... second assistant director
Davide Cincis ... second assistant director
Fabrizio Sergenti Castellani ... assistant director
Simone Frattari ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Gianni Angler ... set builder
Agostino Bivi ... head painter
Giacomo Calò Carducci ... art department assistant
Giuseppe Carrozza ... iron worker
Antonio Casanova ... stucco worker
Franco Di Bernardino ... carpenter
Tommaso Dubla ... head painter
Cristina Esigibilli ... second assistant art director
Roberta Federico ... draftsman
Biagio Fersini ... assistant art director: second unit / draftsman
Alfonso Fortunati ... painter
Giancarlo Gabrielli ... property assistant
Domenico Garitta ... stucco worker
Raffaella Giovannetti ... assistant set decorator
Francesco Grant ... storyboard
Giuseppe La Rocca ... head plasterer
Rodolfo Mignacca ... upholsterer
Lucia Nigri ... draftsman
Riccardo Passanisi ... on-set property assistant
Giuseppe Pelli ... stucco worker
Roberto Rosati ... carpenter
Salvatore Saito ... painter
Luigi Sergianni ... construction coordinator
Paola Sforzini ... art department assistant (as Paolo Sforzini)
Domenico Sica ... assistant art director
Francesco Staltari ... property assistant
Edmondo Tarquini ... lot supervisor
Alfio Tempera ... scenic prop master
Giuseppe Cafagna ... painter (uncredited)
Luigi Calvitti ... carpenter (uncredited)
Sandro Ercolini ... painter (uncredited)
Miraphora Mina ... graphic designer (uncredited)
Stefano Morbidelli ... on set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Nick Alexander ... adr director: Rome
Paolo Amici ... sound effects editor
Richard Beggs ... sound mixing engineer
Marta Billingsley ... sound editor
Michael Billingsley ... adr director: Rome / supervising sound editor
Valeria Campana ... sound editor
Roberto Cappannelli ... adr recordist: Rome
Piero Fondi ... boom operator
Tom Johnson ... sound mixing engineer (as Thomas Richard Johnson)
Andrea Lancia ... sound editor
Roberto Petrozzi ... sound engineer
Alfredo Petti ... boom operator
Angelo Raguseo ... sound mixing engineer
Lilio Rosato ... sound editor
Hugh Waddell ... adr director: Los Angeles
Roberto Cappannelli ... sound mixing assistant engineer (uncredited)
David Quadroli ... sound effects editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Renato Agostini ... special effects technician
Edmondo Natali ... on-set special effects: second unit (as Edmondo Natali)
Germano Natali ... on-set special effects: second unit
Franco Ragusa ... special effects technician
Claudio Savassi ... special effects technician
Fabio Traversari ... on-set special effects: second unit (as Fabio Massimo Traversari)
Kenneth Cassar ... special effects technician (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Phil Attfield ... digital visual effects coordinator
Solo Avital ... Domino artist
Stefano Ballirano ... Cineon artist
Riccardo Bertoli ... digital supervisor: Interactive
Gianluigi Bertolini ... data runner: Interactive
Federico Bozzano ... matte paint artist: Interactive
Alexander Bresinsky ... digital visual effects organization
Marcello Buffa ... digital post-production supervisor: Interactive
David Bush ... visual effects supervisor
Manfred Büttner ... Domino artist (as Manfred Buttner)
Donald Campbell ... Domino artist: Interactive
Simon Carr ... Domino artist: Men In White Coats
Phillip Carter ... digital post-production coordinator: Interactive
Alessandro Cioffi ... Domino artist
Silvia Cipparoli ... Cineon artist
Peter Connelly ... Domino artist: Interactive
Michael Connor ... motion control operator
Maurizio Corrado ... Domino artist
Paul Cotsen ... Domino artist
Neil Cunningham ... Domino artist: Interactive
Peter 'Beak' Cvijanovic ... Inferno artist: Interactive
Emanuele D'Arrigo ... computer graphics artist: Interactive
Daniele De Santis ... scanning & film transfer: Interactive
Marina Di Patrizi ... Cineon artist
Paddy Eason ... Domino artist: CFC
Matteo Eleni ... computer graphics artist: Interactive
Rebecca Farhall ... digital visual effects coordinator (as Rebecca Elliott)
Lillan Gahlin ... Inferno artist: Interactive (as Kristina Gahlin)
Ben Goldschmied ... motion control operator
Matthew Hancock ... scanning & film transfer: Interactive
Tom Hocking ... Domino artist
Pietro Iodice ... Domino artist
Cristian Jezdic ... computer graphics 3D previz: Interactive
Jasmin Karchalli ... Domino artist
Silvia Landro ... Domino artist: Interactive
Sharon Lark ... digital visual effects organization
Lasairfniona Lawless ... digital visual effects organization
Armando Lombardo ... digital artist
George Maihöfer ... Domino artist (as George Maihofer)
Cristiano Mariani ... computer graphics artist: Interactive
Adrian Martin ... digital visual effects organization
Gianni Marzagalli ... Inferno artist: Interactive
Giuseppe Massaro ... test video: Interactive
Emanuela Megazzini ... test video: Interactive
Ian Menzies ... motion control operator (as Ian Menties)
Charles Morin ... digital visual effects organization
Axel O'Mill ... data runner: Interactive
Filippo Olivari ... Inferno artist: Interactive
Gruff Owen ... Domino artist
Guido Pappadà ... Domino artist (as Guido Pappadá)
Ivan Parillo ... digital artist
Patrizia Pellegrino ... digital supervisor: Interactive
Sara Persenda ... test video: Interactive
Alberto Restelli ... scanning & film transfer: Interactive
Daria Sardi ... Domino artist: Interactive
Franco Sgueglia ... Domino artist
Steve Shaw ... digital visual effects organization
Corrado Strada ... virtual set designer: Interactive
Marios Theodosi ... Inferno artist: Interactive
Oscar Tornincasa ... computer graphics artist: Interactive
Riccardo Umetelli ... assistant motion control operator
Kitty Veevers ... Inferno artist: Interactive (as Catherine Veevers)
Riccardo Zanettini ... computer graphics artist: Interactive
Pete Hanson ... studio manager: CFC (uncredited)
Corrado Rizzo ... digital compositor (uncredited)
Alessandro Saponi ... digital artist (uncredited)
Sebastian Sylwan ... technical director (uncredited)
Thomas Tannenberger ... visual effects producer (uncredited)

Stunts

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Massimiliano Bianchi ... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Stefano Maria Mioni ... stunts (uncredited)
Franco Maria Salamon ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Roberto Albero ... grip
Alessandro Anselmi ... assistant grip
Franco Caporale ... electrician
Massimo Casseriani ... playback operator
Massimo Chessari ... grip
Antonio Gasbarini ... electrician (as Antonio Gasbarrini)
Giovanni Gebbia ... Steadicam operator / second camera operator
Adriano Giannini ... second assistant camera
Enrico Lucidi ... camera operator / camera operator: second unit / director of photography: second unit
Antonio Nigro ... generator operator
Alberico Novelli ... gaffer
Roberto Pecci ... grip
Marcello Pericone ... electrician (as Marcello Perricone)
Francisco Pintore ... assistant camera (as Francesco Pintore)
Flaviano Ricci ... grip
Alessandro Rossi ... electrician
Marco Sacerdoti ... assistant camera
Sergio Strizzi ... still photographer
Doriano Torriero ... head grip
Claudio Zamarion ... assistant camera
Romolo Eucalitto ... special photographer (uncredited)
Yuriy Fuks ... head tech (uncredited)
Massimo Sagramola ... video assist (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Shaila Rubin ... casting: Italia
Joe Adams ... casting associate (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sergio Ballo ... assistant costume designer
Alessandro Lai ... assistant costume designer
Alfonsina Lettieri ... assistant costume designer
Elsa Malandra ... production seamstress
Maria Antonietta Salvatori ... head seamstress
Salvatore Salzano ... assistant costume designer
Edda Soliani ... production seamstress

Location Management

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Mario Francini ... location manager
Walter Massi ... location supervisor: foreign
Maurizio Pigna ... location manager
Ruggero Salvadori ... location manager (as Ruggero Salvatori)

Music Department

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Damiano Antinori ... assistant music recording engineer
Fausto Anzelmo ... musician: viola
Gilda Buttà ... musician: piano
Enrico DeMelis ... music supervisor (as Enrico De Melis)
Angelo Giovagnoli ... orchestra coordinator
Andrea Morricone ... assistant music recordist
Ennio Morricone ... conductor / orchestrator
Gianni Oddi ... musician: soprano sax
Cicci Santucci ... musician: trumpet
Ian Townsend ... instructor: piano
Fabio Venturi ... music recording engineer

Other crew

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Gerardo Albero ... production assistant
Sharon Alexander ... nurse
Michael Applebaum ... instructor: trumpet
Claire Best ... production executive
Nicoletta Billi ... liaison: Italian press
Tanya Blumstein ... interpreter: Mr. Tim Roth/dialogue coach
Sergio Bologna ... administrator
Giorgio Catalano ... chief accountant
Nadya Cazan ... translator
Maurizio Cusano ... production assistant
Stella D'Onofrio ... continuity
Attilia De Maio ... nurse
Memmo di Giovenale ... production assistant (as Memmo Di Giovenale)
Francis Dokyi ... production runner
Joseph Farrell ... translator
Alessandro Fiorito ... accounting department assistant
Wendy Fletcher ... tutor: children
Mario Francini ... supervisor: second unit
Cam Galano ... executive: Fine Line (as Camela Galano)
Emanuele Giovannini ... archive researcher
Judith Goodman ... production coordinator
Salvatore Grimaudo ... production assistant
Anna Guarnati ... translator
Mark Hamilyn ... instructor: trumpet
Giorgio Innocenti ... supervisor: second unit
Brent Kaviar ... film services
Oleg Korotenko ... liaison: Danapris Film, Kiev
Marilena La Ferrara ... accounting department assistant
Felice Lattes ... crowd marshall
Steven Luotto ... dialogue coach
Salvatore Magnisi ... accounting department assistant
Ileen Maisel ... executive: Fine Line
Franco Minchella ... production runner
Prescott Niles ... instructor: piano
Renata Paccariè ... production coordinator
Alessandro Panattieri ... director: "Alexander's Ragtime Band" ensemble
Erik Paoletti ... production assistant
Marcello Piras ... consultant: jazz history
Michela Prodan ... dialogue coach
Gianluca Pumpo ... instructor: piano
Silvia Ranfagni ... production runner
Eugene Rizzo ... unit publicist
Catherine Smith ... production coordinator
Leontine Snell ... choreographer
Tatiana Strelkoff ... translator
Amedeo Tommasi ... consultant: classical jazz excerpts
Denver Beattie ... assistant: Pruitt Taylor Vince (uncredited)
Mario Locurcio ... italian publicist (uncredited)
Paolo Merosi ... assistant crowd marshall (uncredited)
Nata More ... set production assistant (uncredited)
Pietro Notarianni ... production coordinator (uncredited)
Francesco Tornatore ... production coordinator (uncredited)

Thanks

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Mino Barbera ... thanks
Lionello Gasparini ... thanks
Elena Montecchi ... particular thanks: undersecretary of labor
Walter Veltroni ... particular thanks: vice president of Italian cabinet
Monica Verzolini ... thanks
Ruth Vitale ... thanks
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines An epic story of a man who could do anything... except be ordinary. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Legend of 1900 (World-wide, English title)
  • La légende du pianiste sur l'océan (France)
  • Die Legende vom Ozeanpianisten (Germany)
  • La leyenda del pianista en el océano (Spain)
  • Az óceánjáró zongorista legendája (Hungary)
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  • 170 min
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Budget $9,000,000 (estimated)

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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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Spisok korabley (2008). See more »
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Quotes 1900: [explaining why he didn't leave the ship and never will be] All that city... You just couldn't see an end to it. The end! Please, could you show me where it ends? It was all very fine on that gangway and I was grand, too, in my overcoat. I cut quite a figure and I had no doubts about getting off. Guaranteed. That wasn't a problem. It wasn't what I saw that stopped me, Max. It was what I didn't see. Can you understand that? What I didn't see. In all that sprawling city, there was everything except an end. There was everything. But there wasn't an end. What I couldn't see was where all that came to an end. The end of the world. Take a piano. The keys begin, the keys end. You know there are 88 of them and no-one can tell you differently. They are not infinite, you are infinite. And on those 88 keys the music that you can make is infinite. I like that. That I can live by. But you get me up on that gangway and roll out a keyboard with millions of keys, and that's the truth, there's no end to them, that keyboard is infinite. But if that keyboard is infinite there's no music you can play. You're sitting on the wrong bench. That's God's piano. Christ, did you see the streets? There were thousands of them! How do you choose just one? One woman, one house, one piece of land to call your own, one landscape to look at, one way to die. All that world weighing down on you without you knowing where it ends. Aren't you scared of just breaking apart just thinking about it, the enormity of living in it? I was born on this ship. The world passed me by, but two thousand people at a time. And there were wishes here, but never more than could fit on a ship, between prow and stern. You played out your happiness on a piano that was not infinite. I learned to live that way. Land is a ship too big for me. It's a woman too beautiful. It's a voyage too long. Perfume too strong. It's music I don't know how to make. I can't get off this ship. At best, I can step off my life. After all, it's as though I never existed. You're the exception, Max. You're the only one who knows that I'm here. You're a minority. You'd better get used to it. Forgive me, my friend. But I'm not getting off.
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