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The Last Emperor

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
China, Italy, 1987
Drama, Biography, History


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, in 1908, to the time he was imprisoned in the Forbidden City, witnessing decades of cultural and political upheaval.

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The Last Emperor Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1988 | 9 wins including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1998 | Winner: Freedom of Expression Award

1987 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Critics reviews

It is important to stress that one of the remarkable achievements of this uncommonly ambitious film, which might have been called After the Revolution, is to broach areas that exist beyond the personal—a reasonable enough notion if one acknowledges that no word for “privacy” exists in Chinese—and viewers who complain about the “narrowness” of the plot might do well to look through Pu Yi’s story rather than simply at it, to perceive the richness that lies on the other side.
December 18, 1987
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