1987 ****1/2
Original Theatrical Cut runs 163 mins.
Extended Version runs 218 mins.

This Oscar-winning Best Picture from 1987 is truly breathtaking in its scope and beauty. The story is engaging, the acting is great (after the first 45 minutes or so), the scenery and cinematography are beautiful, the direction is superb, and the music gets stuck in your head. Based on the life of China's final emperor, this film is an entertaining biography that should be seen by all. The story in the second half gets a bit convoluted, but don't let it lose your attention.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Technovision), but seeing as how it was shot by Vittorio Storaro, the filmmakers prefer it to be seen cropped into a 2.00:1 aspect ratio.
Rated PG-13 for language, violence, nudity, and frank sexual situations.

John Lone + Joan Chen + Peter O'Toole + Ying Ruocheng + Victor Wong + Dennis Dun + Ryuichi Sakamoto

Screenplay by Mark Peploe with Bernardo Bertolucci

Directed by
Bernardo Bertolucci

THE LAST EMPEROR on The Criterion Collection

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