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The last emperor

Author: Jeremy ThomasMark PeploeBernardo BertolucciJohn LoneJoan ChenAll authors
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, ©2008.
Series: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 422.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : Biography   Book : English : Director-approved special ed.; widescreen format (2.00:1)View all editions and formats
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"The life of [Chinese] 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"--Container.
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Historical films
Historical
Drama
Named Person: Puyi; Puyi
Material Type: Biography, Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material, Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeremy Thomas; Mark Peploe; Bernardo Bertolucci; John Lone; Joan Chen; Peter O'Toole; Ruocheng Ying; Victor Wong; Dennis Dun; Ryūichi Sakamoto; Vittorio Storaro; Gabriella Cristiani; David Byrne; Cong Su; Ian Buruma; David Thomson; Ferdinando Scarfiotti; Fabien S Gerard; Yanco Films.; Tao Film SRL.; Recorded Picture Company.; Screenframe Limited (Firm); AAA Soprofilms (Firm); Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN: 9781604650143 1604650141
OCLC Number: 196527067
Language Note: Predominantly in English. Some dialogue in Chinese or Japanese, with English subtitles. Subtitled in English for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Notes: Special features (Disc 1): optional audio commentary by Bertolucci, Thomas, Peploe & Sakamoto; theatrical trailer; color bars.
Special features (Disc 3): "Bernardo Bertolucci : le voyageur Italien" = "Bernardo Bertolucci : the Italian traveler" documentary (1992?, 53 min., in Italian with English subtitles); "Videocartolina dalla China" = "Postcards from China" featurette (1985?, 8 min., with optional audio commentary by Bertolucci in English); "Bernardo Bertolucci's Chinese adventure" documentary (1986, 51 min., in Italian with English subtitles); "Making 'The last emperor'" documentary (2008, 45 min., in English).
Special features (Disc 4): "The South Bank show : The making of 'The last emperor'" BBC documentary television program (1988, 66 min., in English); "David Byrne on 'The last emperor'" interview (2007, 25 min., in English); "Beyond the Forbidden City : Ian Buruma on China's tumultuous past" documentary (2008, 45 min., in English); "Face to face : Jeremy Issacs talks to Bernardo Bertolucci" interview (1989, 30 min., in English).
Booklet includes an essay by David Thomson ("'The last emperor', or the Manchurian candidate"), a reminiscence by Bertolucci ("Billions of emperors"), an interview with Scarfiotti (conducted in 1992 by Vincent LoBrutto), an interview with Ying Ruocheng (conducted in 1987 by Ulrike Koch), and production diary extracts ("Days of the dragon" by Fabien S. Gerard, as translated by Emiliano Battista).
"Enhanced for 16:9 televisions"--Disc labels.
Credits: Photography by Vittorio Storaro ; editor, Gabriella Cristiani ; music by Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne and Cong Su ; costume designer, James Acheson ; production designer, Ferdinando Scarfiotti.
Cast: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Ying Ruocheng, Victor Wong, Dennis Dun, Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Awards: Academy Awards, USA, 1988: Oscar - Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Ferdinando Scarfiotti, Bruno Cesari, Osvaldo Desideri) ; Best Cinematography (Vittorio Storaro) ; Best Costume Design (James Acheson) ; Best Director (Bernardo Bertolucci) ; Best Film Editing (Gabriella Cristiani) ; Best Music, Original Score (Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne, Cong Su) ; Best Picture (Jeremy Thomas) ; Best Sound (Bill Rowe, Ivan Sharrock) ; Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Mark Peploe, Bernardo Bertolucci)
Description: 4 videodiscs (703 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (90 p. : col. ill. ; 19 cm.)
Details: DVD, region 1; Dolby digital surround.
Contents: Disc 1: The theatrical version (1987, 162 min.) --
Disc 2. The television version (1987, 218 min.) --
Disc 3. Supplements, pt. 1 (compiled in 2008, 157 min.) --
Disc 4. Supplements, pt. 2 (compiled in 2008, 166 min.).
Series Title: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 422.
Other Titles: Bernardo Bertolucci : le voyageur Italien.
Bernardo Bertolucci : the Italian traveler.
Videocartolina dalla China.
Postcards from China.
Bernardo Bertolucci's Chinese adventure.
Chinese adventure of Bernardo Bertolucci.
Making The last emperor.
South Bank show.
Making of The last emperor.
David Byrne on The last emperor.
Beyond the Forbidden City : Ian Buruma on China's tumultuous past.
Face to face.
Jeremy Issacs talks to Bernardo Bertolucci.
Last emperor, or the Manchurian candidate.
Billions of emperors.
Days of the dragon.
Last emperor (Motion picture)
Bernardo Bertolucci's The last emperor
Responsibility: Jeremy Thomas presents ; screenplay by Mark Peploe with Bernardo Bertolucci ; produced by Jeremy Thomas ; directed by Bernardo Bertolucci ; made by Yanco Films Limited and Tao Film SRL ; in association with Recorded Picture Company (Productions) Limited, Screenframe Limited, AAA Soprofilms.

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"The life of [Chinese] 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"--Container.

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