Iíll start with the performances of all of the main performers. The one link between all of them, yes Mr. DeNiro too, is that none of them seemed like they wanted to be there. None of them seemed to understand or care about their characters and the results were several uninspired performances. Robert DeNiro is one of the greatest actors of all time, but this is not a good example of his greatness. The biggest question mark came with Donald Sutherland. He just didnít fit his role at all and at times it seemed like he wasnít even trying.
The direction is also to blame for this misguided epic. Mr. Bertolucci missed on all accounts and the 5.25 hour runtime was wasted with meaningless scenes and scenes that ran on long after the action was done. While weíre on the subject of wasted time, 5.25 hours is too long for any movie, much less one that means as little as 1900. This could have easily been trimmed to 2.5 hours and would have perhaps been better for it.
I canít say Iíve ever been a fan of Bernardo Bertolucci and 1900 sums up why. He had the ingredients and the talent to make a powerful movie that could have actually made a political statement about Communism in Italy while showcasing the amazing scenery the beautiful country has to offer, but instead he wastes his time on amateurish sex scenes, animal cruelty and drawn out dialogue exchanges so much so that he misses the big picture.
1900: Creating an Epic (14:21): This is more of a discussion about the different problems the cast and crew faced while filming the movie. Thereís nothing too shocking in this, but it should be interesting for anyone that enjoyed the film.