1900 (Novecento) | Blu-ray release – Robert De Niro and Gérard Depardieu shine in Bernardo Bertolucci's socialist epic


After the international firestorm of Last Tango in Paris, Bernardo Bertolucci went on to create one of the grandest and most legendary epics in modern cinema. A stunning five-hour saga following the intertwined fates of two childhood friends born on the same day in 1901 at opposite ends of the social scale through five decades of class struggle.


Described by Pauline Kael as making most other films “look like something you hold up on the end of a toothpick”, Novecento finds Robert De Niro and Gérard Depardieu headlining an extraordinary cast, including Burt Lancaster, Alida Valli, Sterling Hayden, Stefania Sandrelli and Donald Sutherland. The Masters of Cinema Series presents this singular work, lustrously photographed by Vittorio Storaro and scored by Ennio Morricone, in a new Blu-ray edition.

Novecento was filmed in the 1:85:1 aspect ratio and is presented here, based on a 1080p high-definition transfer, in the original running time of 315mins, and featuring the English and Italian soundtracks,


The Story, The Cast and Creating an Epic: Two video pieces from 2006 featuring Bertolucci and Storaro

Bertolucci secondo il cinema: An hour-long on-set documentary about the making of 1900.

• Collector’s booklet