Video Review

The Last Emporer

MPAA Rating: Unrated, PG-13

Details Movie Rateds: PG-13, Unrated; Genres: Drama, Historical; With: Joan Chen, John Lone and Peter O'Toole; 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 Mar 05, 1999 Published in issue #475 Mar 05, 1999 Order article reprints

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