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The Last Emperor

Released 1987
Distributor Columbia

Many epics crumble under the weight of their own plus-sized intentions but thanks to the virtuoso skill of director Bernardo Bertolucci and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, 1987’s The Last Emperor, the remarkable story of Pu Yi who reigned over the Forbidden City and fell from grace, becomes a soulful epic with the sensuous pageantry of a grand opera. David Byrne’s delicately rhythmic score is a hipster’s mix of new wave percussion and traditional Chinese melody.

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About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal HouseThe Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf In LondonTrading PlacesComing To America, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and the recent Burke and Hare for Ealing Studios,  among many other films and television shows. His documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO and won an Emmy for Best Music, Comedy or Variety Special.  He is also the subject of noted film critic Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan’s recent book “John Landis” and his own book “Monsters in the Movies’ was published to critical and popular acclaim in 2012.