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Bernardo Bertolucci

Novecento (1900)

Director Bernardo Bertolucci Composer Ennio Morricone Cast Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu, Dominique Sanda
Edition 2023
317' - 1976 - Drama - Dialogue: Italian, English
Novecento is a sprawling cinematic masterpiece that chronicles the tumultuous history of Italy in the 20th century through the parallel lives of two friends, portrayed by Robert De Niro and Gérard Depardieu. Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, this epic film explores the intertwining themes of class struggle, political upheaval, and personal destinies, offering a mesmerizing and thought-provoking journey through a century of Italian history.
In this colossal epic depicting the rise and fall of Italian rural communism in the first half of the previous century, Bertolucci attempts to reconcile the codes and techniques of Hollywood's historical superproductions with the socialist realism of Soviet cinema, all through his personal lyrical-decadent temperament. The result is this gigantic fresco on life and death, sex and violence, revolution and fascism, fathers and sons, winters and summers, children and adults, wealth and poverty, red and black, melodrama and propaganda. Perhaps one of the greatest monuments in European cinema, it appeals to both arthouse enthusiasts and fans of spectacle cinema, reaching breathtaking aesthetic and cinematographic heights. A film of this ambition and scale doesn't fully come to life in the living room and cries out to be experienced on the big cinema screen. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity!
"Like Fassbinder’s Berlin Alexanderplatz or Edgar Reitz’s Heimat, Novecento aims to grant the cinema the same psychic and temporal space as a great epic novel, tackling the two great themes of the twentieth century - the struggle between classes and the mysteries of the human psyche - with bold flourish and a majestic sense of scale." - TIFF

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Bernardo Bertolucci


Ennio Morricone


Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu, Dominique Sanda


Bernardo Bertolucci, Franco Arcalli, Giuseppe Bertolucci

Director of Photography

Vittorio Storaro


Franco Arcalli


Alberto Grimaldi

Production studios

Produzioni Europee Associate (PEA)

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Italian, English

Countries of production

Italy, France, West Germany




Bernardo Bertolucci
The Death of a Pig (short, 1956), The Cable (short, 1956), The Grim Reaper (1962), Before the Revolution (1964), Il canale (short, 1966), Partner (1968), Amore e rabbia (1969), The Conformist (1970), The Spider's Stratagem (1970), La salute è malata (short, 1971), Last Tango in Paris (1972), 1900 (1976), Luna (1979), Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man (1981), Farewell to Enrico Berlinguer (1984), The Last Emperor (1987), 12 Directors for 12 Cities (1989), The Sheltering Sky (1990), Little Buddha (1993), Stealing Beauty (1996), Besieged (1998), Ten Minutes Older: The Cello (2002), The Dreamers (2003), Me and You (2012), Venice 70: Future Reloaded (2013)