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1900(Novecento)

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Italy, France, West Germany
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1976

Rated R · 5h 17m

Director Bernardo Bertolucci
Starring Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu, Dominique Sanda, Stefania Sandrelli

Genre Drama, History

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An epic historical drama that chronicles the lives and friendships of two men—landowning Alfredo Berlinghieri and peasant Olmo Dalcò— amidst the clashes between fascism and communism in 20th century Italy. Despite growing up as childhood playmates, they find themselves on opposite sides of the fight for the future and the soul of their country.

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40

Time Out by

Whether one takes the two-part movie as a glamorous epic or as a lengthy advertisement for the Italian communist party, it still looks like a major catastrophe.
63

Chicago Reader by Dave Kehr

Some scenes are banal and offensively simpleminded. But patience, ultimately, is rewarded with a welter of detail and some mighty fine camerawork.
70

Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

Even in the full-length Italian version, 1900 is too emotionally extravagant ever to be considered a masterpiece. Rather, it’s a monumental achievement like such original and impassioned but scarcely flawless screen epics as D. W. Griffith’s Intolerance, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and Abel Gance’s Napoleon.
83

The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

The story is almost too small for Bertolucci's sprawling approach, and the ungainliness of his international cast stifles both the dialogue and the performances.
50

Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

Bertolucci can direct great set pieces, of course, and some of his biggest scenes (like the outdoor dances that are his favorites) are spectacular. But he needs well-defined characters to anchor his stories, and he seems more confident when he drills into their psyches instead of spreading himself all over the ideological map.

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