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« on: October 17, 2005, 04:02:04 PM »

Just seen this, simply amazing, soon as I saw Berardo Bertolucci was director I was interested as he's got a connection with Leone and I've yet to see any of his films. This I think was a complete masterpiece, I think maybe Bernardo had OUATIA in mind when he made this there are quite a few similarities.

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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2005, 07:35:23 PM »

Check out "Out of Africa" too, the photography is stunning reminds you of a western.

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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2005, 08:18:29 AM »

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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2007, 06:03:17 AM »

The Last Emperor - Watched the three-and-a-half hour director's cut. It's a bit slow at the beginning, but ultimately it becomes very engrossing (at least in my opinion, as Puyi grows older). I was amazed that John Lone was the same actor who was the bad guy in the abominable "Rush Hour 2" - this movie is a whole other level, and he is fantastic as the Chinese Emperor who wants to stay an emperor, and will do much anything - including collaboration with the Japanese - to maintain it. Peter O'Toole was fantastic too, at his best as Johnston the tutor. The cinematography and art direction were out of this world, and most of the characters were very well-developed, including Puyi's wives. I give it another 8/10.

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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2007, 04:06:48 AM »

Criterion to release a 209 minute version in February: http://www.criterion.com/asp/release.asp?id=422

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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2007, 07:36:06 AM »

My granny has this on VHS. I plan to watch it right after I have watched all the movies I have bought or taped (that probably means never...).

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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2007, 12:35:20 PM »

This movie's good but not "watch it over and over again" good. The visuals are amazing, there are some fine performances (John Lone and Peter O'Toole in particular) but I don't know if there's enough to make me want to see it again.

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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2007, 01:23:33 PM »

Criterion to release a 209 minute version in February: http://www.criterion.com/asp/release.asp?id=422

Thank you for post Dave.  I've been waiting for word on this one.  I checked the site a month or so ago and there wasn't anything.  I definitely would like to have this one.  Special features look pretty good.   

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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2007, 05:25:05 PM »

I love that movie, it is a beautiful film. The musical score is great too, I had no idea David Byrne did the Forbiddon City music.

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« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2007, 05:27:36 PM »

I only got to see parts of this movie in my history class, but what I saw was simply excellent.  I need to check out some more Bertolucci.  The Conformist blew my mind.

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« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2011, 04:37:56 PM »

I (still) fancy this movie, although I haven't seen it many times and the last time not very recently. The first time around I was blown away, but it didn't strike me as powerful on re-watches. I think I like the first (traditional, if you want) part better than the second (young king goin' all wild 'n' modern), although the political stuff in the second part is quite delicious, redeems nearly all the cliches. Good performances, the one thing that's very interesting is that every time I re-watched the movie I realized Peter O'Toole had less screen time than I thought before. Way to go, Pete.


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« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2011, 02:38:16 AM »


Good film, but far from being anything special. 6/10

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« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2011, 05:35:29 PM »

Pretty forgettable movie imo. All I can really say is that it's better than Kundun.

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« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2011, 07:34:41 PM »

All I can really say is that it's better than Kundun.
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« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2011, 12:55:18 AM »

Pretty forgettable movie imo. All I can really say is that it's better than Kundun.

I can't even say that because I don't know what Kundun is.

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