1900 (Novecento)
1900 (Novecento) (1977)

Director Bernardo Bertolucci's epic detailing Italy's social and political progress. Burt Lancaster, Gerard Depardieu, Robert De Niro, Sterling Hayden, Donald Sutherland, Dominique Sanda.

Rated: R
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Release Date: November 4, 1977
DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
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Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Great moments stud Bernardo Bertolucci's 1976 Marxist epic, but the end result is ambiguous.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's a shapeless mass of film stock containing some brilliant moments and a lot more that are singularly uninspired.

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Fran Hortop

This is a handsome film with fierce and heartfelt ambition that succeeds in capturing something of the extreme social turmoil of pre-war Italy.

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Time Out

The mannered elegance of the camerawork and lighting cocoons the whole sad mess within a veneer of utterly spurious 'style.'

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The sumptuous cinematography by Vittorio Storaro and the beautiful score by Ennio Morricone are reason enough to rejoice.

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TV Guide

Like a delicious pasta salad, ruined with intermittent slabs of Velveeta cheese.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

What high hopes were inspired by Bernardo Bertolucci's 1900 -- and how few of them are realized.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] "1900" (made in 1976) is Bernardo Bertolucci's crowning achievement of collectivist socio-political cinema.

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Emanuel Levy

Bertolucci's first failure after a series of masterpieces is an ambitious but structurally shapeless and thematically ambiguous historical epic that doesn't work even in its original cut of five hours.

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William Dunmyer
'1900' is a gargantuan, multi-lingual, five-hour epic that has some inspired moments but for the most part spins its wheels. Very often it is… More
Eric Broome
With over five hours of material to review, one scarcely knows where to begin. Hopeless! "1900" (Italian title: "Novecento") aims to be a… More
Keiko Aya
Bernardo Bertolucci's Novecento has five hours and fifteen minutes and before we know it this historical epic ends and we're left craving for more.… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "1900," Olmo(Gerard Depardieu), the illegitimate child of peasants, and Alfredo(Robert De Niro), whose grandfather(Burt… More
Sarah Gaish
A fascinating tale of two young boys growing up in Italy, during the 1900s. One boy, Alfredo (Robert De Niro) represents the rise of fascism and Olmo (Gérard… More
Cameron Johnson
I would sarcastically say that it's a big surprise to see Robert De Niro in an epic by a mid-to-late 20th century Italian filmmaker, but it's kind of… More