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The Last Empress


The mainland Chinese government was less than perfectly amused by Bernardo Bertolucci's award-winning movie The Last Emperor, and this film constitutes a sort of cinematic rebuttal. In the Bertolucci film, the last holder of the Manchu throne, Pu Yi, was shown as very much a victim of circumstance, and if he was cruel at times, this was directly attributable to his upbringing. Likewise, he was shown to have been politically naive to an incredible degree. In the Chinese rebuttal, Pu Yi and many of his...more