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The Legend of 1900

The Legend of 1900

Tim Roth
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore Cast: Tim Roth
Tim Roth
, Pruitt Taylor Vince
Pruitt Taylor Vince
, Clarence Williams III
Clarence Williams III
Giuseppe Tornatore


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On the 1st of January in 1900, Danny Boodmann (Bill Nunn), the mechanic of the transatlantic liner Virginian bound for America, finds an abandoned baby on board and decides to keep him. Nicknamed Novecento (1900), the boy grows up on the ship hidden from everyone. His presence is revealed when Danny dies in an accident. The young '1900' manages to hide again despite threats from the captain. Discovering a passion for music, he teaches himself to play the piano without being able to read the notes, and he soon becomes a virtuoso whose reputation spreads beyond the confines of the ship. Even the famous jazz piano player, Jelly Roll Morton (Clarence Williams III), gets on board for a challenge because he has heard rumors about the greatest piano player in the world living on a ship. The story is told by Max Tooney, Novocento's old trumpeter friend, who reminisces about the incredible pianist who never set foot on land. After two films about cinema, Giuseppe Tornatore comes up with the story of a highly imaginative artist who lives only for and through his art. Tornatore was inspired by a theatre monologue written in 1994 by Alessandro Baricco, and the film was shot partly in Odessa, on a sixty-year-old Russian freighter, and partly in the Cinecitta studios in Rome. Tim Roth's performance as the talented but reserved Novocento is remarkable, and the music of Ennio Morricone plays a vital role in the film. La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano, which was retitled The Legend of 1900 for US distribution after forty-five minutes have been cut, was originally two hours and forty minutes when it was shown to great success in Italy in autumn of 1998. The US version had its world premiere at the 1999 Locarno International Film Festival.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/04/2012
UPC: 0794043161520
Original Release: 1998
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:05:00

Special Features

Music video for Lost Boys Calling with Pink Floyd's Roger Waters and guitar legend Edward Van Halen

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Roth Danny Boodman T.D. Lemon 1900
Pruitt Taylor Vince Max Tooney
Clarence Williams Jelly Roll Morton
Mélanie Thierry The Paduan Girl
Bill Nunn Danny Boodman
Peter Vaughan Actor
Niall O'Brien Chief of the Port
Gabriele Lavia Actor
Alberto Vazquez Mexican
Harry Ditson Naval Captain
Heathcote Williams Dr. Klauserman
Cory Buck 1900 (age 8)

Technical Credits
Giuseppe Tornatore Director,Screenwriter
Renato Agostini Special Effects Supervisor
Alessandro Baricco Screenwriter
Laura Fattori Producer
Francesco Frigeri Production Designer
Lajos Koltai Cinematographer
Maurizio Millenotti Costumes/Costume Designer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Roberto Petrozzi Sound/Sound Designer
Massimo Quaglia Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Legend of 1900
1. Chapter 1 [10:38]
2. Chapter 2 [9:36]
3. Chapter 3 [9:53]
4. Chapter 4 [11:40]
5. Chapter 5 [10:34]
6. Chapter 6 [9:45]
7. Chapter 7 [10:04]
8. Chapter 8 [8:39]
9. Chapter 9 [9:09]
10. Chapter 10 [9:41]
11. Chapter 11 [11:58]
12. Chapter 12 [7:20]
13. Chapter 13 [6:01]

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