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Top 10 bio-pics: No. 8 ... The Last Emperor




The march through the Top 10 Bio-Pics of the '80s continues with a landmark film (that sadly few people appreciated then or now).

8. THE LAST EMPEROR (1987): John Lone played Pu Yi, the (ahem) last emperor of China, whose reign ended with the Japanese invasion of WWII and the rise of the People's Republic of China. 19,000 extras were needed over the course of the film.

Trivia: This was the first western film made in and about the country to be produced with full Chinese government cooperation since 1949. 

What critics said: "It probably is unforgivably bourgeois to admire a film because of its locations, but in the case of The Last Emperor the narrative cannot be separated from the awesome presence of the Forbidden City, and from Bertolucci's astonishing use of locations, authentic costumes and thousands of extras to create the everyday reality of this strange little boy." - Roger Ebert

Signature Line: "I know that you know that I know that you know that that is a dialogue between Confucius and Chuang Tzu."

The Top 10 Bio-pics of the '80s: 

10. My Left Foot

9. Gorillas in the Mist

8. The Last Emperor

7. Coal Miner's Daughter

6. Bird

5. Reds

4. Stand and Deliver

3. Gandhi

2. Amadeus

1. Raging Bull

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 1:51pm]


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