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The Last Emperor

Genres: Drama, Criterion Collection, History / Events, Biography, China, Biographical Drama, Period Pieces, Politics

Cast: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci

Synopsis: Bernardo Bertolucci's THE LAST EMPEROR won nine Academy Awards®, unexpectedly sweeping every category in which it was nominated — quite a feat for a challenging, multi-layered epic directed by an Italian and starring an international cast. Yet the power and scope of the film was, and remains, undeniable — the life of emperor Pu Yi, who took the throne at age three, in 1908, before witnessing decades of cultural and political upheaval, within and outside of the walls of the Forbidden City. Recreating Qing-dynasty China with astonishing detail and unparalleled craftsmanship by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti, THE LAST EMPEROR won is also an intimate character study of one man reconciling personal responsibility and political legacy.

Language: English

Country of Origin: China

Production Year: 1987

Reviews:

  • "A staggering and singular movie experience.", The Los Angeles Times

Awards:

  • 1988: Winner, Cesar, Best Foreign Language Film, Cesar Awards
  • 1988: Winner, Oscar, Best Art Direction, Academy
  • 1988: Winner, Oscar, Best Cinematography, Academy
  • 1988: Winner, Oscar, Best Costume Design, Academy
  • 1988: Winner, Oscar, Best Film Editing, Academy
  • 1988: Winner, Oscar, Best Score, Academy
  • 1988: Winner, Oscar, Best Picture, Academy
  • 1988: Winner, Oscar, Best Sound, Academy
  • 1988: Winner, Oscar, Best Screenplay, Academy
  • 1988: Winner, Oscar, Best Director, Bernardo Bertolucci, Academy

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