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The last emperor

Author: Bernardo BertolucciJeremy ThomasMark PeploeJohn LoneJoan ChenAll authors
Publisher: Irvington, NY : Criterion Collection, ©2008.
Series: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 422.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A dramatic history of Aisin-Gioro "Henry" Pu Yi, who at the age of three became the last of the Emperors of China. Chronicles his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, as the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his decline and dissolute lifestyle; and his exploitation by the invading Japanese as the ruler of Manchukuo from 1932 to 1945. He returned to public life in 1959,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Biographical films
Nonfiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Epic films
Historical films
Drama
Biography Drama
Named Person: Puyi
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Bernardo Bertolucci; Jeremy Thomas; Mark Peploe; John Lone; Joan Chen; Peter O'Toole; Ruocheng Ying; Victor Wong; Dennis Dun; Vivian Wu; Maggie Han; Ric Young; Jade Go; Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa; Ryūichi Sakamoto; Vittorio Storaro; Yanco Films.; Tao Film SRL (Firm); Recorded Picture Company.; Screenframe Limited (Firm); AAA Soprofilms (Film); Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN: 1604651067 9781604651065
OCLC Number: 261599898
Language Note: In English, Chinese, and Japanese, with optional subtitles in English.
Notes: Originally produced as an international motion picture in 1987.
Special features: Commentary [optional audio feature]; Trailer (3 min.); booklet features the essay "The Last Emperor: or the Manchurian Candidate" by David Thomson.
Credits: Photography by Vittorio Storaro ; editor, Gabriella Cristiani ; music by Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne and Cong Su; production designer, Ferdinando Scarfiotti ; costume designer, James Acheson.
Cast: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Ying Ruocheng, Victor Wong, Dennis Dun, Wu Jun Mei, Maggie Han, Ric Young, Jade Go, Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Awards: Academy Awards, 1988: Best Sound: Bill Rowe, Ivan Sharrock; Art Direction-Set Decoration: Ferdinando Scarfiotti, Bruno Cesari, Osvaldo Desideri; Costume Design: James Acheson; Music, Original Score: Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne, Cong Su; Cinematography: Vittorio Storaro; Film Editing: Gabriella Cristiani; Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium: Mark Peploe, Bernardo Bertolucci; Picture: Jeremy Thomas; Director: Bernardo Bertolucci (USA) and 1988 David di Donatello Awards for Best Production Design, Costume Design, Cinematography, Editing, Screenplay, Producer, Director, Film, and Best Supporting Actor (Migliore Attore non Protagonista): Peter O'Toole (Italy).
Description: 1 videodisc (165 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (12 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
Details: DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby digital surround sound; widescreen presentation, director approved aspect ratio 2.00:1, enhanced for 16:9 televisions; restored, high-definition digital transfer.
Contents: Manchuria, 1950 --
Peking, 1908 --
First coronation --
Young emperor --
Criminal --
Pu Chieh --
New republic --
Reginald Johnston --
First lesson --
Protests --
Grief --
Spectacles --
Two wives --
Strangers --
Confession --
Reforms --
Departures --
Life outside --
Secondary consort --
Tientsin, 1931 --
Manchuria, 1934 --
Second coronation --
New quarters --
Manchuria, 1935 --
Puppet --
Russians --
Freedom --
Peking, 1967 --
Citizen --
Color bars.
Series Title: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 422.
Other Titles: Last emperor (Motion picture)
Bernardo Bertolucci's The last emperor
Responsibility: Jeremy Thomas presents ; a film by Bernardo Bertolucci ; 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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A dramatic history of Aisin-Gioro "Henry" Pu Yi, who at the age of three became the last of the Emperors of China. Chronicles his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, as the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his decline and dissolute lifestyle; and his exploitation by the invading Japanese as the ruler of Manchukuo from 1932 to 1945. He returned to public life in 1959, just another peasant worker in the People's Republic, and died as a gardener at the Botanical Gardens of Peking.

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