Novecento (1976)

Original Title : 1900
Director : Bernardo Bertolucci
Writer : Franco Arcalli
Bernardo Bertolucci
Giuseppe Bertolucci
Genre : Drama
Country : France
Language : Italian
Producer : Alberto Grimaldi
Music : Ennio Morricone
Photography : Vittorio Storaro
IMDB ID : 0074084
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Novecento (1976) - Bernardo Bertolucci


¬Robert De Niro Alfredo Berlinghieri
¬G√©rard Depardieu Olmo Dalco (as Gerard Depardieu
¬Dominique Sanda Ada Fiastri Paulhan
¬Francesca Bertini Sister Desolata
¬Laura Betti Regina
¬Werner Bruhns Ottavio Berlinghieri
¬Stefania Casini Neve
¬Sterling Hayden Leo Dalco
¬Anna Henkel Anita
¬Ellen Schwiers Amelia
¬Alida Valli Ida Cantarelli Pioppi
¬Romolo Valli Giovanni
¬Bianca Magliacca Rigoletto
¬Pippo Campanini Don Tarcisio
¬Paolo Pavesi Alfredo as a Child
¬Roberto Maccanti Olmo as a Child
¬Antonio Piovanelli Turo Dalco
¬Paulo Branco Orso Dalco (as Paolo Branco
¬Liu Bosisio Nella Dalco (as Li√ļ Bosisio
¬Maria Monti Rosina Dalco
¬Anna-Maria Gherardi Eleonora (as Anna Maria Gherardi
¬Demesio Lusardi Pioppi
¬Angelo Pellegrino Tailor
¬Jos√© Quaglio Aranzini
¬Clara Colosimo Woman who accuses Olmo
¬Mario Meniconi Peasant-woman
¬Odoardo Dall'aglio Oreste Dalco
¬Piero Vida Young Fascist
¬Patrizia De Clara Stella
¬Edda Ferronao Peasant at Attila's execution
¬Nazzareno Natale Peasant at Attila's execution
¬Katerina Kosak Anita Foschi
¬Donald Sutherland Attila
¬Burt Lancaster Berlinghieri
¬Ferruccio Amendola Dubbing Voice
¬Claudio Camaso Dubbing Voice (as Claudio Volonte
¬Giuseppe Rinaldi Dubbing Voice
¬Antonio Guidi Dubbing Voice
¬Renato Mori Dubbing Voice
¬Rita Savagnone Dubbing Voice rest of cast listed alphabetically
¬Francesco D'Adda Soldier on train (uncredited
¬Allen Midgette Vagabond (uncredited
¬Salvator Mureddu Chief of the King's Guards (uncredited
¬Mimmo Poli Fascist (uncredited
¬Tiziana Senatore Regina as a Child (uncredited


Set in Italy, the film follows the lives and interactions of two boys/men, one born a bastard of peasant stock (Depardieu), the other born to a land owner (de Niro). The drama spans from 1900 to about 1945, and focuses mainly on the rise of Fascism and the peasants' eventual reaction by supporting Communism, and how these events shape the destinies of the two main characters.


epic, metaphoric, eclectic: politically charged drama Bertolucci did it again.Less 'red' than Reds (Beatty, 1981), unfortunately Novecento becomes very 'red' and sentimental in the last hour, but I guess that's to emphasize the emotional response to the ending of a war.The simplistic and propagandistic characterization of fascists in general (Donald Sutherland plays the caricaturally satanic embodiment of fascism and opportunism) didn't do justice to the subtlety of the rest of the story, but after all the story revolves around the friendship between aristocrat Alfredo and farmer Olmo.If you look beyond the few flaws, '1900' makes you wonder why only five Bertolucci films have hit the dvd plastic yet.Possibly that's because of the political engagement these tend to propagate in many (subtle) ways.One of the most obvious ways in '1900' is the quite in-your-face waving of the red flags near the end. Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, il Conformista, la Commare Secca, Reds) did it again.Very subtle compositions versus shocking graphic violence and intimacy from time to time: in general it's more coherent and explicit than 'il Conformista'.Although 1900 is less poetic poetic than 'il Conformista', the great cinematographer found many instances to display his cinematic brilliance in the most appropriate way and let the eclectic cast come to justice. To name a few: Robert DeNiro (Taxi Driver '76!, the Godfather 2, Brazil, Raging Bull), Sterling Hayden (the Godfather 1, Dr. Strangelove, Asphalt Jungle, the Killing), Dominique Sanda (il Conformista), Stefania Sandrelli (il Conformista), Alida Valli (the Third Man, the Spider's Stratagem) and the young soldier Teodoro (Allen Midgette) in Bertolucci's first feature 'la Commare Secca' has a short but good appearance in Novecento for some reason.And last but not least Burt Lancaster (il Gattopardo, the Killers, Criss Cross) who continues his part from 'il Gattopardo' in a way. Ennio Morricone (Days of heaven, Once upon a time in America) did it again.This time not yet as sentimental as Once upon a time in America: his subtle score carries some of the scenes and completes the film in an appropriate way, where the other film turns out to be overdone.Maybe he was glad to work with Leone again.Or something.Anyway, Morricone sure helps making the 5h10 movie watchable consecutively and in one sigh. The epic story about lower and upper classes and the (metaphoric) fascination with animals was presumably an inspiration for 'Days of heaven' (Malick, 1978).FYI IMO 'epic' does not necessarily mean that it's a good film, but in this case it's a crucial aspect of the story.If Bertolucci had watched the Godfather (1972) and especially Godfather Part 2 (1974) a little closer, then he could have gotten the flaws out if this film (refers to the 310 min version).Sergio 'dollar trilogy' Leone did that better in 'Once upon a time in America' (again unfortunately also infinitely more sentimental).Concluding: the conformist meets the godfather?Not really, but still 9/10
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Novecento (1976) - Bernardo Bertolucci
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Novecento (1976) - Bernardo Bertolucci