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The Last Emperor

Bernardo Bertolucci

 
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  • China
  • 1987
  • 160 minutes
  • 2.00:1
  • English
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  • Spine #422

Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor won nine Academy Awards, unexpectedly sweeping every category in which it was nominated—quite a feat for a challenging, multilayered epic directed by an Italian and starring an international cast. Yet the power and scope of the film was, and remains, undeniable—the life of Emperor Pu Yi, who took the throne at age three, in 1908, before witnessing decades of cultural and political upheaval, within and without the walls of the Forbidden City. Recreating Ching dynasty China with astonishing detail and unparalleled craftsmanship by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti, The Last Emperor is also an intimate character study of one man reconciling personal responsibility and political legacy.

Cast

Pu YiJohn Lone
Wan JungJoan Chen
Reginald JohnstonPeter O'Toole
GovernorRuocheng Ying
Chen Pao ShenVictor Wong
Big LiDennis Dun
AmakasuRyuichi Sakamoto
Eastern JewelMaggie Han
InterrogatorRic Young
Wen HsiuVivian Wu
ChangCary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Ar Mo Jade Go
YoshiokaFumihiko Ikeda
Pu Yi (3 years)Richard Vuu
Pu Yi (8 years)Tsou Tiger
Pu Yi (15 years)Tao Wu

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, with DTS-HD Master Audio stereo surround soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the extended television version (DVD box set only)
  • Audio commentary featuring director Bernardo Bertolucci, producer Jeremy Thomas, screenwriter Mark Peploe, and composer-actor Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • The Italian Traveler: Bernardo Bertolucci, a 53-minute film by Fernand Moszkowicz tracing the director’s geographic influences, from Parma to China (DVD box set and Blu-ray editions only)
  • Video images taken by Bertolucci while on preproduction in China (DVD box set and Blu-ray editions only)
  • The Chinese Adventure of Bernardo Bertolucci, a 52-minute documentary that revisits the film’s making (DVD box set and Blu-ray editions only)
  • A new, 47-minute documentary featuring Storaro, editor Gabriella Cristiani, costume designer James Acheson, and art director Gianni Silvestri (DVD box set and Blu-ray editions only)
  • A 66-minute BBC documentary exploring Bertolucci’s creative process and the making of The Last Emperor (DVD box set and Blu-ray editions only)
  • A 30-minute interview with Bertolucci from 1989 (DVD box set and Blu-ray editions only)
  • A new interview with composer David Byrne (DVD box set and Blu-ray editions only)
  • A new interview with Ian Buruma examining the historical period of the film (DVD box set and Blu-ray editions only)
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by David Thomson (single DVD, DVD box set, and Blu-ray); interviews with production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti and actor Ying Ruocheng, a reminiscence by Bertolucci, and an essay and production-diary extracts from Fabien S. Gerard (DVD box set only)

    New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Film Essays

The Last Emperor, or The Manchurian Candidate

By David Thomson January 06, 2009

In the first few moments of Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor, we get extreme versions of China, done in the film’s rigorous yet electrifying color scheme. We open in the drabbest years of . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries


Clippings

Entering Cinecittà

March 11, 2010

In 2009, Cinecittà, the legendary movie studio located on Rome’s suburban outskirts, celebrated its seventy-second anniversary. For the occasion, Cineaste’s associate editor Martha P. Nochimson . . . Read more »


Clippings

The Rules According to Bertolucci

March 03, 2010

The Guardian has begun an exciting new short essay series called The Film That Changed My Life, and the first entry brings together two titans of cinema history. Bernardo Bertolucci writes . . . Read more »


Video


Film Essays

The Last Emperor, or The Manchurian Candidate

By David Thomson January 06, 2009

In the first few moments of Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor, we get extreme versions of China, done in the film’s rigorous yet electrifying color scheme. We open in the drabbest years of . . . Read more »


On Five

Emperor 2.0

By Peter Becker February 25, 2008

We’re getting a huge amount of mail about our edition of The Last Emperor, specifically about the aspect ratio, which is 2:1. Some people seem to believe that we’ve lost our minds, forsaken our . . . Read more »


On Five

Final Cut

By Kim Hendrickson January 03, 2008

We’ve received a number of letters recently inquiring about the various versions of Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor. I’ve been immersed in the film for several months now and wanted to . . . Read more »

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