Through its elliptical narrative, this Oscar-winning biopic traces the life of Pu Yi, the last of the great emperors of China, from his ascent to the throne at age three to his time imprisoned in China’s Forbidden City.
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A dramatic fascinating insight-look of the history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China. Stunning achievement for the cinematic score and for the customes. It's detailing and the story stands up high as well. This was a very powerful movie. But be ready to sit through 3+ hours for this.
Bertolucci filmed for us a very good story from the PRC's history. A long but very engaging and emotional film. The downpoint is only of the language, IMHO it will be better if Bertolucci used the native Chinese language for its authenticity.
Lyrical and glorious in all its cinematography. The forbidden city plays a major role in the viewer's enchantment. Surely Bertolucci achieved the impact on the screen goal, but I missed a more strong approach on the boy's psychological isolation. Maybe that's due the autobiographical source used. Anyways, overall it's not only educational but a piece of art.