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The Embassy of Italy in Wellington is pleased to present a special screening of “The Last Emperor”, by Bernardo Bertolucci, as part of the programme of “Fare Cinema 2019”, the second week of Italian Cinema in the World.
Join us for a special screening of Bertolucci’s masterpiece “The Last Emperor” (1987), to be screened in homage to the auteur who passed away on November 26 2018. The film, which won nine Academy Awards, including best picture and director, will be screened in its prestigious Criterion Collection edition, approved by Bertolucci himself.
Special guest James Acheson, Oscar winner for Costume Design, will introduce the film, in conversation with Sally Hill, Head of School of Languages and Cultures & Associate Professor of Italian at Victoria University.
“Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor won nine Academy Awards, unexpectedly sweeping every category in which it was nominated—quite a feat for a challenging, multilayered epic directed by an Italian and starring an international cast. Yet the power and scope of the film was, and remains, undeniable—the life of Emperor Pu Yi, who took the throne at age three, in 1908, before witnessing decades of cultural and political upheaval, within and without the walls of the Forbidden City. Recreating Ching dynasty China with astonishing detail and unparalleled craftsmanship by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti, The Last Emperor is also an intimate character study of one man reconciling personal responsibility and political legacy”.
General Admission seating
Film sourced from Criterion Collection edition