DVD - 1976 | Italian
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The son of a landowner and the son of a peasant become enemies in 20th century Italy.


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greglibrary Nov 21, 2014

Funny...the movie summary reads as if this were a 'novella' made for HBO...

It speaks not of a [history/period] when
fascism and 'iL' Duce' was on the rise while lives and their allegiances are comprised through a typical village in Italy....not to mention...
the actors cast all do terrific performances.
Where else do you get to see America's [DeNiro], and France's
[Depardieu], performances but also a chance to see Burt Lancaster and Sterling Hayden's
last work.

Aug 27, 2013

This is a 1976 Italian epic directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Set in Bertolucci's ancestral region of Emilia, the film chronicles the lives of two men during the political turmoils that took place in Italy in the first half of the 20th century. I think the title "1900" is misleading because it reminds me of "Boxer Rebellion" that took place at the capital city of China in 1900. In June 1900 Boxer fighters, convinced they were invulnerable to foreign weapons, converged on Beijing with the slogan, "Support the Qing, exterminate the foreigners." The picture of the DVD cover looks like the rebellion. Besides, the film stars inrenational actors such as Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu, Dominique Sanda, Donald Sutherland, Alida Valli, and Burt Lancaster. As a history buff, I thought the 5-hour epic must have something to do with this famous historical event. When I see the opening scene, the caption says "25th of April 1945 Liberation Day." It is far from 1900. I wonder, how come 1945?---not 1900? Watching for 30 minutes, I come to conclusion that this film has nothihg to do with "Boxer Rebellion." So if you're expecting to see the Rebellion in Beijing, don't waste your time. This film is 315-minute-long.

Aug 11, 2011

Epic story about the different people who lived in, worked on or associated with an Italian estate around 1900. Among the characters, viewers were shown intense moments about love, innocence, poignant conflicts, peace, loss and monstrous acts. Well worth watching.

Note: not sure why Burt Lancaster as Alfredo Berlinghieri the Elder and Donald Sutherland as Attila Mellanchini were not in the actor list. Both had very powerful and unforgettable moments in the film.

Aug 09, 2011

The Director having been Italian farm-boy, this video was probably meant to show the European subservient & subsistence peasant revolt of 19th century against the centuries of traditional customary landowners, until the feudal lords have been replaced by modern Capitalist powers oft he day.
The film is just too long of redundant pointless roller-coasters, which NEVER seem to connect to the intended story.
The film could have been done better in short documentary fashion, with the Director not attaching himself to the story of Italian serfdom.

The sexual language & exposure of the film should be rated XXXXX.
NOT recommended for family-time.


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Mar 31, 2019

36 quotes posted in IMDb, thank to contributors. These two are among the most memorable:

Burt Lancaster as Alfredo Berlinghieri the Elder: [speaking to a young dairy girl] Go to the dance, and tell them that the Padroné is dead. Tell them that, and enjoy the dance.
Donald Sutherland as Attila Mellanchini: Never bite the hand that feeds you. As long you need to be fed.

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