Wonderfully shot but for some reason I just couldn't engage with the characters in the story and I found myself not really caring what happened to any of them. I am not sure flicking between the older and younger versions of the lead really worked as well as it could have either, and perhaps this disengaged me a bit.
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.
Début du XXe siècle, la Chine impériale vit ses derniers instants. Un film biographique de l'ultime empereur de Chine : Puyi ; qui délivre par une narration chronologique entremêlée, l'émergence de la République de Chine. Une mise en scène et des costumes qui poussent à l'émerveillement, un travail de recherche historique riche et palpitant. Élégant.
Grande fresque historique comme Bertolucci sait les faire, classiques mais superbes, 'Le Dernier Empereur' captive autant par la qualité de sa réalisation ou le jeu des acteurs que le soin apporté aux costumes et à la musique. Grandiloquent, voire pompeux pour certains, mais tellement agréable à regarder !
One of the last great epics before the digital effects age. Craftmanship at its very best well deserving of its 9 oscar wins that year. The oscar winning score is a classic. Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro captured perfection here. The images of the forbidden city are breat taking. Not really a performance film as much as a craftsman picture. Lone somewhat underwhelming but fine performances by Chen and Wu.