Like a delicious pasta salad, ruined with intermittent slabs of Velveeta cheese. It's the portable Bernardo Bertolucci film, but it's too heavy to lift. The director wanted to make a collective-memory, "popular" film--there's no denying some brilliant, definitive moments in this
left-wing homage to peasant life--if that's your thing. But somewhere Bertolucci got popular culture confused with pulp. Sometimes, this looks like animated Harold Robbins.
1900 captures everything that characterizes the director: his concern with the class dialectic and the battle between Marxism and Fascism, his painterly images of Italy, his historical scope, and his "divided hero" (t...