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Uniform Title Last emperor (Motion picture)
Title The last emperor / 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
Published Irvington, NY : Criterion Collection, [2008]


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  791.4372 Ber/Lem 2008  AVAILABLE
Description 1 videodisc (165 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (12 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.)
Series The Criterion collection ; 422
Criterion collection ; 422
Contents 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
Summary 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
Notes 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
Credits Photography by Vittorio Storaro ; editor, Gabriella Cristiani ; music by Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne and Cong Su; production designer, Ferdinando Scarfiotti ; costume designer, James Acheson
Cast 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
Notes 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
In English, Chinese, and Japanese, with optional subtitles in English
Winner, 1988 Academy Awards for 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)
Available for Deakin University staff and students only
SUBJECT Puyi, 1906-1967 -- Drama.
Subject Nationalists -- China -- Drama.
Communists -- China -- Drama.
Man-woman relationships -- Drama.
Political prisoners -- China -- Drama.
Identity (Philosophical concept) -- Drama.
SUBJECT China -- Kings and rulers -- Biography -- Drama.
China -- History -- Qing dynasty, 1644-1912 -- Drama.
China -- Politics and government -- 20th century -- Drama.
Genre/Form Epic films.
Historical films.
Feature films.
Foreign films
Biographical films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Author Thomas, Jeremy.
Peploe, Mark.
Bertolucci, Bernardo.
Lone, John, 1952-
Chen, Joan, 1961-
O'Toole, Peter, 1932-2013.
Ying, Ruocheng.
Wong, Victor.
Dun, Dennis.
Wu, Vivian, 1966-
Han, Maggie, 1959-
Young, Ric.
Go, Jade.
Tagawa, Cary-Hiroyuki.
Sakamoto, Ryūichi, 1952-
Storaro, Vittorio, 1940-
Yanco Films.
Tao Film (Firm)
Recorded Picture Company.
Screenframe Limited (Firm)
AAA Soprofilms (Film)
Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN 1604651067
Other Titles Title on container: Bernardo Bertolucci's The last emperor