Visually dazzling, touching and funny, this first English film by CINEMA PARADISO auteur Guiseppe Tornatore boasts a knockout Chaplin-eseque performance by Tim Roth and a seraphically lovely score by Ennio Morricone. Tornatore's fable (his word) takes place almost
entirely aboard the Virginian, a mammoth luxury liner. A coal room worker (Bill Nunn) discovers an abandoned baby on the first day of the 20th century, decides to keep him secretly and names the infant 1900. Eight years later, after a freak accident orphans the boy, something astonishing happens;
out of nowhere, little 1900 develops the ability to play piano like a master. He's allowed to stay on the ship...