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The Legend of 1900

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A look at the birth, life and death of a man who officially never existed. Found as a baby aboard a cruise liner, the little boy is raised on the ship, where he turns out to be a musical genius. In adult life he is the ship's pianist, where talk of his skill extends to the continents, so much so that the inventor of Jazz feels compelled to challenge him to a piano duel. Our hero never once left the ship, feeling unable to cope with all the choices that life in a city would give him. As a slice-of-life movie, there is not much to the storyline, but some really great music...
Note: the film is in colour, best pic I could find was B+W.


125 minutes, No persons under 10 (Language)
Drama, On the Art Circuit

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Credits
Cast
Tim Roth, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Clarence Williams III, Bill Nunn, Mélanie Thierry
Director
Giuseppe Tornatore
ScreenplayGiuseppe Tornatore, Alessandro Baricco
MusicEnnio Morricone, Roger Waters
CinematographyLajos Koltai
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in1998
Produced byMedusa Produzione, Sciarlò

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Ratings
Scale (Max)20
South African Media
The MoviesiteIan Douglas11
Cape ArgusAdrian Monteath15
Cape ArgusOwen Williams15
Cape TimesJulia Landau20
The StarDarryl Accone10
Die BurgerFrancois Smith5
Sunday TimesBarry Ronge10
RapportBarrie Hough20
SA City LifeTony Jackman20
TV3 ScreenplaySandy Ngema14
International Media
eye Weekly (Canada)Gemma Files5
Box Office (USA)Wade Major10
Rough Cuth (USA)Morgan Fouch11
Total Film (UK)Nev Pierce5
Film Review (UK)Nick Briggs20
Internet (IMDB)364 Netizens14
Average .. 64%13
Visitor Ratings
Niall Dawson 20
Average .. 100%20

Visitor Comments
Ian Douglas: The American / international distributors sliced 45 minutes off the original run time, which leaves me wondering what was cut - hopefully not most of the love affair. A poignant story about a really likable and talented man, with an ending that will haunt you. I enjoyed it, especially the music. The score won the Golden Globe.

Gerhard Munnik (33): Brilliant! Will make you think about the important things in life.

Niall Dawson (41): One of the best films I have seen.


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