NOVECENTO (1976) ***1/2
D: Bernardo Bertolucci. S: Robert DeNiro, Gerard Depardieu, Donald Sutherland, Burt Lancaster.
This is a very long, slow moving but never boring epic. At 5 hrs. 15 mins. it's a commitment that is ultimately rewarding.
The story follows two friends, one born to a peasant and the other born to a landowner. It follows their lives from childhood to adulthood as a social upheaval in Italy begins to take shape around them.
Across the board the acting is excellent. Donald Sutherland leaves a lasting impression as a foreman with fascist ties.
The film does lose some steam in the final half hour as it begins to bog down in its politics. It even goes so far as to have Depardieu break the 4th wall and address the audience. Its unfortunate that after committing so much time to the film it has a some what weak conclusion.
If you have the time, it's worth checking out.