Bernardo Bertolucci: 1900 [Novecento]…


Date: July 21, 2022

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“The epic tale of a class struggle in twentieth century Italy, as seen through the eyes of two childhood friends on opposing sides.

It’s free on demand, with commercials…

I’m not sure what has been edited out…but this is not the five plus hour version…It’s still well over four hours.

If you’ve never seen it before, it’s worth a watch…a true epic…and, you get an idea what movies used to be like…what real story telling is.

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4 thoughts on “Bernardo Bertolucci: 1900 [Novecento]…

  1. feinmann

    Some of the most natural child-actor acting ever in this film, notably when the friendship between Alfredo (Paolo Pavesi) and Olmo (Roberto Maccanti) was portrayed. Unforgettable scenes for me was Olmo’s live-frog hat plus his beautiful aroused self in the hay loft with Alfredo.

    Roberto: “I was sitting at the ice cream parlor in the village with friends when a dark car approached. The window went down and a man said to me, ‘Little boy do you want to make a movie?’ I stayed there for three months. I was staying at the Palace hotel and with me was my brother, already of age, who acted as a guardian. It was a different environment from the one he was used to but I settled quickly and without any problems. The first thing that came to mind when I heard the news on the radio was precisely the kindness that Bertolucci had with us little boys on set. He was always smiling and ready to joke, he was never rude. He was a good one.
    I cannot thank Bertolucci enough for this gift. After that time we never saw each other again but the news of his death hurt me anyway. Certain ties remain, even if then life takes you elsewhere.”

    1. eqfoundation Post author

      I wish I still had my DVD of this, but I got rid of a lot of stuff years ago…and find it might be better to just not have physical copies of movies like this.

      I’m always amused when this movie gets made available on mainstream platforms, right out in the open…especially since I’ve never seen it censored…and this time is no different…A true paradox, given some peoples obsessive hatred for “those types” of scenes.

      I’m still thrilled to find it again…It gives those who appreciate watching boy actors, a chance to see this epic movie [included on many “Boy Watchers” lists]…for free…It’s nice if you’ve never seen it before.

      The boys are wonderful…and I adore Olmo in the hay loft..among other places…He’s beautiful.

      You’re right…Their acting is what child acting should be.

      That is a wonderful quote. Thank you so much, for sharing it.

      Back when I was a boy myself [and into young adulthood], I sometimes found myself wondering, even fantasizing, about what it must have been like to have been the one performing in some of these scenes [ie: Hay Loft].

      I often found the fantasy of it all to be extremely exciting…Like, “I wish I could have done that!”

      Maybe I’m just strange that way.

  2. feinmann

    “Maybe I’m just strange that way.” No, I don’t think so. Many people enjoy films because it provides them with a means to escape humdrum reality and it allows them to indulge in a little fantasy, if only for a short time. Perhaps a latent bottled-up exhibitionist streak within you had no means of escape in real life – that is why you enjoyed those scenes in the film so much?

    With me in pre-pubescent years, I yearned intimacy and fell in love too easily with my peers and younger. Sometimes it was reciprocated, but always the dread of discovery dampened what was invariably overwhelming excitement for both. Olmo in the film was portrayed as fearless, doubtless hardened by lhis bastard peasant boy existence. I was never fearless … quite the opposite.

    1. eqfoundation Post author

      “Perhaps a latent bottled-up exhibitionist streak within you had no means of escape in real life – that is why you enjoyed those scenes in the film so much?”

      Likely so, yes.

      “I was never fearless … quite the opposite.”

      I feel quite the same…You could never fully enjoy anything sexual…Rarely were you ever in a situation, where you could be off guard…And, of course, there’s all the mess of breaking the ice, and who’s safe to suggest things to.

      I don’t think at any point in my life, my sexuality has failed to be menaced by outside hostility.


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