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1900 Details


Bernardo Bertolucci's 255-minute 1900 was a gargantuan undertaking, requiring the resources of three European countries and a trio of American movie studios. Set in the Italian town of Parma, the film's continuity backtracks from Liberation Day in 1945 to the occasion of composer/patriot Giuseppe Verdi's death in 1901. We follow the lives of two men born on that day in 1901, who grow up to be Alfredo Berlinghieti (Robert De Niro) and Olmo Dalco (Gérard Depardieu). Wealthy Alfredo sinks into dissipation, while poverty-stricken Olmo becomes a firebrand labor leader and communist. After WWI, Alfredo is allowed to peacefully retain his land holdings by playing nice with the burgeoning fascists; Olmo, on the other hand, engages in a long-standing battle against the minions of Mussolini. The two protagonists are reunited when Alfredo returns to Parma to preside over Olmo's trial for "political crimes." Co-star Burt Lancaster is cast as Alfredo's wealthy grandfather, who hates to see the old values buried beneath the social travails of the 20th century. Many American prints of 1900 were shortened to 243 minutes, rendering the story hard to follow at times. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:August 15, 1976


Robert De Niro
as Alfredo Berlinghieti, grandson
Gérard Depardieu
as Olmo Dalco
Burt Lancaster
as Alfredo Berlinghieri, grandfather
Sterling Hayden
as Leo Dalco
Donald Sutherland
as Attila
Dominique Sanda
as Ada
Stefania Sandrelli
as Anita Foschi, Olmo's wife
Laura Betti
as Regina
Alida Valli
as Signora Pioppi
Clara Colosimo
Paolo Pavesi
as Alfredo as a Child
Lisa Harrow
Stefania Casini
Ellen Schwiers
Giacomo Rizzo
as Rigoletto
Edda Ferronao
Anna-Maria Gherardi
as Eleonora
Romolo Valli
as Giovanni
Anna Henkel
Maria Monti
Allen Midgette
as Vagabond
Piero Vida
Mario Meniconi
Vittorio Fanfoni
Roberto Maccanti
as Olmo as a Child
Werner Bruhns
as Octavio
Jose Quaglio
as Aranzini
Patrizia de Clara
Antonio Piovanelli
as Turo Dalco


Bernardo Bertolucci
Alberto Grimaldi
Giuseppe Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci
Franco Arcalli
Vittorio Storaro
Ennio Morricone
Composer (Music Score)
Franco Arcalli
Enzo Ocone
Gianni Quaranta
Production Designer
Ezio Frigerio
Art Director
Gitt Magrini
Costume Designer
Peter Shepherd
Assistant Director