1976. Italy/France/West Germany. Bernardo Bertolucci. 315 min.
Saturday, December 18, 2010, 2:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1976. Italy/France/West Germany. Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. With Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu, Dominique Sanda. Bertolucci’s most ambitious work is a historical epic revolving around two boys born on the same day in 1901: Alfredo, the son of a wealthy padrone, and Olmo, the son of one of the padrone’s day laborers. Their story winds through approximately fifty years of Italian history, with Olmo embracing socialism and Alfredo, a hopeless dilettante, becoming an unwitting defender of Fascism and an inadvertent propagator of brutal crimes against the laborers for whom he once held much affection. The film teems with naturalistic details and psychological symbolism, and Vittorio Storaro’s artful compositions and use of natural light provide texture and a true feeling for the historical period. In Italian; English subtitles. 315 min.