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The Last EmperorNumbingly beautiful, numbingly long, the director's cut of Bernardo Bertolucci's 1987 Best Picture winner clocks in at a taxing 218 minutes, with the...The Last EmperorDrama, HistoricalPT160MNumbingly beautiful, numbingly long, the director's cut of Bernardo Bertolucci's 1987 Best Picture winner clocks in at a taxing 218 minutes, with the...1999-03-05Columbia Pictures
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The Last Emperor

Genre: Drama, Historical; Starring: Joan Chen, John Lone, Peter O'Toole; Director: Bernardo Bertolucci; Author: Bernardo Bertolucci; Runtime (in minutes): 160; Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Numbingly beautiful, numbingly long, the director’s cut of Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1987 Best Picture winner clocks in at a taxing 218 minutes, with the extra hour mainly devoted to unnecessary extended footage of sumptuous chinoiserie. B+

Originally posted March 5 1999 — 12:00 AM EST

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