PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, History
The story of the final Emperor of China.
Over 1,000 schoolchildren were brought in to play Red Guards in the 1967 Cultural Revolution march. Bernardo Bertolucci had problems instilling the right amount of anger in them, as none of them knew of the attitudes of the Cultural Revolution.
Open the door! Open the door! Open the door!... Open the door!
In the Director's Cut, just before Pu Yi cuts his hair in 1924, the consorts are dancing to a violin playing "Ol' Man River" from the musical "Showboat", first performed in 1927.
The theatrical version runs 163 minutes. A 218 minute version was released in the US in 1998 under the mistaken title of the "Director's Cut". It was known by this erroneous title until the 2008 Criterion DVD and Blu-ray Disc came out. Bertolucci and DP Vittorio Storaro made it clear while working on the DVD and BD that the shorter theatrical version is without doubt the director's cut. The 218 minute version was an early cut meant only to be aired as a four-part television mini-series by the Italian television network that funded the film.
English, Mandarin, Japanese
$21,105 (USA) (27 November 1998)