THE LAST EMPEROR 3D screens today at AFI FEST 2013.
For the 25th anniversary of the international release of this visually sumptuous epic about the life of Pu Yi (1905-1967) – China’s final sovereign after millennia of dynastic rulers – the film has been given a 4K restoration with re-mastered sound. Personally supervised by director Bernardo Bertolucci (AFI FEST 2012 Guest Artistic Director) and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, depth and dimension have been added with a 3D conversion that enriches the film’s rare sights; it was the first feature shot in Beijing’s 500-year-old Forbidden City.
Four different actors portray Pu Yi, beginning with his ascent to the throne shortly before his third birthday, through the Chinese civil war, occupations by Japan and the Soviet Union, and his rehabilitation by Chinese communists. Renowned actors Peter O’Toole and Joan Chen – not to mention thousands of extras – round out the international cast. Pu Yi’s own brother, Pu Chieh, served as one of the film’s many technical advisors, and the resulting tapestry received nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Joan Chen, Peter O’Toole, and thousands of extras tell the story of China’s last emperor in this visually sumptuous film. This was the first feature shot in Beijing’s 500-year-old Forbidden City. THE LAST EMPEROR, which turned 25 last year, garnered nine Academy Awards in 1989, including Best Picture.
THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG stars Catherine Deneuve in her first major role. The constantly moving camera invests each scene in this delightful musical with energy boosted by the vivid colors of Bernard Evein’s production design.
Photo-chemically restored in the 1990s by the writer-director’s wife, Agnès Varda, this new 2K digital restoration, which was partly crowdfunded, was supervised by Varda and her children, filmmakers Rosalie Varda-Demy and Mathieu Demy.
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