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

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Berklee College of Music.

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0 current holds with 1 total copy.

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Stan Getz Library DVD 6149 37684001085860 Annex Copy hold / Volume hold Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 1604651067
  • ISBN: 9781604651065
  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (165 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (12 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
  • Publisher: Irvington, NY : Criterion Collection, c2008.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally produced as an international 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.
Formatted Contents Note:
Manchuria, 1950 -- Peking, 1908 -- First coronation -- Young emperor -- Criminal -- Pu Chieh -- New republic -- Reginald Johnston -- First lesson -- Protests -- Grief -- Spectacles -- Two wives -- Strangers -- Confession -- Reforms -- Departures -- Life outside -- Secondary consort -- Tientsin, 1931 -- Manchuria, 1934 -- Second coronation -- New quarters -- Manchuria, 1935 -- Puppet -- Russians -- Freedom -- Peking, 1967 -- Citizen -- Color bars.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Photography by Vittorio Storaro ; editor, Gabriella Cristiani ; music by Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne and Cong Su; production designer, Ferdinando Scarfiotti ; costume designer, James Acheson.
Participant or Performer Note:
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, etc.:
A dramatic history of Aisin-Gioro "Henry" Pu Yi, who 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 Note:
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby digital surround sound; widescreen presentation, director approved aspect ratio 2.00:1, enhanced for 16:9 televisions; restored, high-definition digital transfer.
Language Note:
In English, Chinese, and Japanese, with optional subtitles in English.
Awards Note:
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 (USA) and 1988 David di Donatello Awards for Best Production Design, Costume Design, Cinematography, Editing, Screenplay, Producer, Director, Film, and Best Supporting Actor (Migliore Attore non Protagonista): Peter O'Toole (Italy).
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: Feature films > China.
Feature films > Italy.
Feature films > Great Britain.
Feature films.
Biographical films.
Nonfiction films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Epic films.
Historical films.
Feature films.
Biographical films.

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