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Uniform Title Last emperor (Motion picture)
Title The last emperor [videorecording] / Jeremy Thomas presents ; made by Yanco Films Limited and Tao Film SRL ; in association with Recorded Picture Company (Productions) Limited, Screenframe Limited, AAA Soprofilms ; screenplay by Mark Peploe with Bernardo Bertolucci ; produced by Jeremy Thomas ; directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.

Imprint [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c2008.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library DVD    LAS  discs 3-4    Available
Edition Widescreen ; Director-approved special ed.
Description 4 videodiscs (703 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (90 p. : col. ill. ; 19 cm.)
Series Criterion collection ; 422
Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs) ; 422.
Note Originally released as a motion picture in 1987.
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).
Contents disc 1. Theatrical version -- disc 2. Television version -- disc 3. Supplements, part 1 -- disc 4. Supplements, part 2.
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.
Summary The life of Chinese Emperor Pu-Yi who took the throne at age three in 1908.
Audience MPAA rating: PG-13.
System Details DVD, region 1; Dolby digital surround.
Language Closed-captioned.
Predominantly in English. Some dialogue in Chinese or Japanese, with English subtitles.
Awards Academy Awards (1988): Best Picture (Jeremy Thomas) ; Best Sound (Bill Rowe, Ivan Sharrock) ; Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Mark Peploe, Bernardo Bertolucci) ; 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)
Subject Puyi, 1906-1967 -- Drama.
China -- History -- Qing dynasty, 1644-1912 -- Drama.
China -- History -- 20th century -- Drama.
China -- Kings and rulers -- Drama.
Genre/Form Feature films
Historical films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Historical -- Feature.
Feature films.
Historical films.
Added Author Thomas, Jeremy.
Peploe, Mark.
Bertolucci, Bernardo.
Lone, John, 1952-
Chen, Joan, 1961-
O'Toole, Peter, 1932-2013-
Ying, Ruocheng.
Wong, Victor.
Dun, Dennis.
Sakamoto, Ryƫichi, 1952-
Storaro, Vittorio, 1940-
Cristiani, Gabriella.
Byrne, David, 1952-
Su, Cong, 1957-
Buruma, Ian.
Thomson, David, 1941-
Scarfiotti, Ferdinando.
Gerard, Fabien S., 1956-
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Note Title on container: Bernardo Bertolucci's The last emperor
Added Title 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. The 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.
The last emperor, or the Manchurian candidate.
Billions of emperors.
Days of the dragon.
ISBN 9781604650143
Standard No. 715515027922
Music No. CC1739D Criterion Collection

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