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The last emperor [videorecording] / Jeremy Thomas presents ; 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.

The last emperor

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Van Belkum DVD Last + booklet (Text) 31307019539180 Movies In transit -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781604651065
  • ISBN: 1604651067
  • ISBN: 715515034425
  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (165 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Edition: Director-approved special ed.
  • Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c2008.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Special features: restored, high-definition digital transfer, audio commentary by Bertolucci, Thomas, Peploe, and Sakamoto, theatrical trailer; booklet featuring an essay by David Thomas.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Photography by Vittorio Storaro ; editor, Gabriella Cristiani ; music by Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne and Cong Su ; costume designer, James Acheson ; production designer, Ferdinando Scarfiotti.
Participant or Performer Note:
John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Ying Ruocheng, Victor Wong, Dennis Dun, Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Summary, etc.:
An epic that details the life of Pu Yi, crowned at the age of three as the last emperor of China before the Communist reign. Follow him from his childhood to manhood to fugitive to puppet ruler to party proletariat. Includes commentary and booklet.
System Details Note:
DVD, region 1; Dolby digital surround; 2.00:1 aspect ratio.
Language Note:
In English, Chinese, and Japanese, with optional English subtitles.
Awards Note:
Academy Awards, USA, 1988: Oscar - Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Ferdinando Scarfiotti, Bruno Cesari, Osvaldo Desideri) ; Best Cinematography (Vittorio Storaro) ; Best Costume Design (James Acheson) ; Best Director (Bernardo Bertolucci) ; Best Film Editing (Gabriella Cristiani) ; Best Music, Original Score (Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne, Cong Su) ; Best Picture (Jeremy Thomas) ; Best Sound (Bill Rowe, Ivan Sharrock) ; Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Mark Peploe, Bernardo Bertolucci)
Subject: Puyi, 1906-1967 > Drama.
China > History > Qing dynasty, 1644-1912 > Drama.
China > Kings and rulers > Biography > Drama.
Political prisoners > China > Drama.
Genre: Feature films.
Biographical films.
Nonfiction films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.

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