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Uniform Title Last emperor (Motion picture)
Title The last emperor [videorecording] / Jeremy Thomas presents ; a film by Bernardo Bertolucci ; 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, NY : Criterion Collection, [2008]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Grandview Library DVD    LAS    Available
Edition Director approved special ed.
Description 1 videodisc (165 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (12 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
Series The Criterion collection ; 422
Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs) ; 422.
Note Originally released as a 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.
Summary Aisin-Gioro "Henry" Pu Yi, 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.
System Details DVD, region 1, widescreen (2.00:1) presentation ; Dolby Digital surround stereo.
Language Optional subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).
English, Chinese, and Japanese dialogue.
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
Subject Puyi, 1906-1967 -- Drama
Nationalists -- China -- Drama.
Communists -- China -- Drama.
Man-woman relationships -- Drama
Political prisoners -- China -- Drama.
Identity (Philosophical concept) -- Drama
China -- Kings and rulers -- Biography -- Drama.
China -- History -- Qing dynasty, 1644-1912 -- Drama.
China -- Politics and government -- 20th century -- Drama.
Genre/Form Epic films
Melodramas (Motion pictures)
Historical films
Criterion collection
Biographical films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
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
Wu, Vivian, 1966-
Han, Maggie, 1959-
Young, Ric
Go, Jade.
Tagawa, Cary-Hiroyuki
Sakamoto, Ryƫichi, 1952-
Storaro, Vittorio, 1940-
Yanco Films Limited.
Tao Film SRL (Firm)
Recorded Picture Company
Screenframe Limited (Firm)
AAA Soprofilms (Film)
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Note Title on container: Bernardo Bertolucci's The last emperor
ISBN 1604651067
Standard No. 715515034425
Music No. CC1783D Criterion Collection

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