1900: Extended

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7.75 h 16 min1977R
Set in the countryside of the Province of Emilia in Italy, the story of two men, one a bastard born into a family of farm workers, the other an heir to a wealthy family of landowners.
Directors
Bernardo Bertolucci
Starring
Robert De NiroGerard DepardieuBurt Lancaster
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Sterling HaydenDonald SutherlandDominique SandaStefania SandrelliOlmo's wife]Laura BettiAlida ValliFrancesca BertiniWerner Bruhns
Producers
Alberto Grimaldi
Studio
Paramount Pictures
Rating
R (Restricted)
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4.1 out of 5 stars

543 global ratings

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StephenReviewed in the United States on April 7, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Why not in Italian?
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I was very upset that this version is DUBBED IN ENGLISH. For people like myself who like foreign movies, we like them because they are foreign. I will gladly watch any foreign movie in any language with subtitles, even when I do not know the original language at all. At least give us the option of having an Italian version with English subtitles? I realized my mistake in purchasing the digital dubbed version after I started watching, so I could not cancel my purchase. My error, I know.
44 people found this helpful
British Boy ToyReviewed in the United States on August 25, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Bertolucci's Masterpiece !!!!!!
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It has it's faults, but Bertolucci made a true work of art (again) after his triumph with the equally phenoomenal Last Tango in Paris and his heartbreaking "loss of innocence" story The Dreamers. The dvd restoration is AMAZING. Excellent. I saw it on video and it was what it was for that time. But to see it on dvd....it's like an entirely different film. can't say good things about that. it does have subtitles but also choices of languages. The English dubbing is very well done in sound and as close as Bertolucci got to perfect quality. I was impressed. The sound is a thousand times better, especially the music. Try, if you can, to see this on a flat screen tv with great speakers and you will love the music, makes it a better experience than on a PC. Bertolucci has always been as true as he can be to his art, no holding back, so be prepared, as always for violence and nudity. It's less shocking to me because so much time has gone by.....but be careful......there is one scene is particular (with Donald Sutherland) that scared me and makes me sick and i fast forward every time i see it. No, actually two. so just fast forward and you'll be able to fall asleep at night. for me this is my favorite DeNiro and Depardieu performances. everything about their acting here is left bare, without too much method madness, and you feel like you're truly seeing these two men as who they really are. And that is beautiful. Dominique Sanda is OUTSTANDING in her beauty, her talent, emotion and sadness. She could give Charlotte Rampling a run for her money. The scene stealers here are Donald Sutherland and Laura Betti as the evil - fascists- who lose their minds completely villains. They're so good at their roles it's almost unbearable to watch them. Seriously. so, again, be prepared. although, Sutherland is particularly good at it, when he is always said to be the nicest actor you could ever work with. it's really quite something to see. now, the length? i have no idea what to say. I wonder if he could have cut an hour out and it still could have worked. You might want to break it up into two or three nights, maybe? I did this before and it worked. but in one sitting, you need to start earlier in the day, and you're good to go, or if you're a night owl, it's perfect. for me, this is a must see because it is a true work of art , mesmerizing, entertaining, unique, and really makes you feel someting. i couldn't recommend it more than i have. and yes, i think it does surpass what is claimed to be his best film Last Tango In Paris.
23 people found this helpful
R. TraweekReviewed in the United States on June 13, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Agony Amplified
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Endlessly loud and depressing piano to accentuate the hopelessness and misery portrayed. That is not art; it's torture. The sound track was torturous and the entire video illustrated misery to no end. More Russian people in WWII were killed than any other nation. Stalin was responsible for the losses, even though he was forced into the carnage of war. He proved that he was as big a monster as Hitler. I didn't need to see the results of his imposed anguish. I chose to. My mistake. Over rated! Take two stars. You like to be depressed? Fine. Watch this one.
Amazon has lately had some really bad choices. I should have gone out tonight and listened to a good jazz piano instead.
8 people found this helpful
TutuReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
1900
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This version is soooo much more than any I've seen and I can tell you the fist disc is almost pornographic in some of it's content.
The second really gets into the story and we see Gerard Depardieu when he was almost handsome and a Robert De Niro so
young you almost don't recognize him. This was back before he became "Robert De Niro" and still acted without chewing the scenery.
It really is a generational story as well as a class and war story. Wonderful cinematography.
I have found whenever possible a Criterion Collection is well worth the few dollars extra.
22 people found this helpful
KittyMomReviewed in the United States on May 7, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Don’t waste your money
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This in unwatchable. TERRIBLE dubbing—I don’t think I’ve ever heard worse! It’s stagy, clumsy, cartoonistic. I don’t understand why it has such a legendary reputation. The Prime viewing experience was also bad. After 20 minutes it still had not loaded properly. The picture was blurry and jerky. I love good Italian films. This is not one.
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KGReviewed in the United States on July 11, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Deeply flawed, but also amazing
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So flawed that I almost feel weird giving it this high a rating. But
two viewings of this somewhat bloated 5 hour plus film left me feeling
the same way; The film is over-simplistic in its characters and
politics, badly dubbed (with actors from all over speaking their own
language, so whatever soundtrack you pick there are important
characters who sound like something out of 'What's Up Tiger Lily'), and
even the English spoken by DeNiro seems post- recorded, making for an
oddly stiff sounding performance.

Yet for all these complaints it is somehow a near-great film. There are
so many moments; images, incidents that are indelible, and in the end
there's such a real emotional punch to this overview of the history of
Italy from 1900 to 1945 as seem through the lives of a few people in a
small town that it overcomes many of the flaws.

I couldn't defend the film from anyone who wanted to tear it down -
e.g. the simple-minded jingoistic endless competition between fascism
and communism as if those were the only two options in the world, with
both sides reduced to cartoon like figures of evil and good.

But it's strengths are strong enough that I'd urge people to judge for
themselves. You may find, like me, that all the flaws don't matter to
you when a film has so many unforgettable moments.
15 people found this helpful
Randall C KempReviewed in the United States on March 31, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Rated down a star because of the length
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Don't get me wrong, I like and watch long movies, but the only downfall of this film was it's length.

Sporting a legendary international cast, 1900 is a wonderful story about transcending politics for the sake of one's friends. This happened in real life, most notably during the Third Reich. It is an interesting example of how fanatics can make exceptions to their belief systems without it affecting their belief system.

Although I'm no European (I've been to Europe twice) I did get an "old" country vibe from this film. The length the film makers went to make it feel as though I was there in those times was amazing.
john c. gambrellReviewed in the United States on January 25, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
very long movie but its great, to see a period in Italy where there ...
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very long movie but its great, to see a period in Italy where there are two families of ones that have a lot and ones that don't speaks volumes, reminding me of the USA in the 50's between the greasers and the socious, some things never change no matter where you live....
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