The Last Emperor

Italy, 1987

Film
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In 1908 three year old Pu Yi becomes Emperor of Imperial China. In the course of his life-time he will be treated as a God, become a playboy and traitor, and finally end up jailed by the communists. The end of his life is spent happily as a humble gardener. Bertolucci’s film is an astonishing visual treat, encompassing both the history of China in the twentieth century, and elegantly detailing the story of the country’s last imperial ruler. Stars John Lone, Peter O’Toole and Joan Chen. Winner of nine Academy Awards (including Best Picture). The music is by David Byrne and Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Credits

producer

Jeremy Thomas

production company

Columbia Pictures

Duration

02:40:00:00

Production places
Italy
Production dates
1987

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

37276

Language

English

Audience classification

MA

Subject categories

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Italy

History → China - History - 20th century

History → History

People → P'u-i, 1906-1967

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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