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  • Summary: An epic story of a young man (Roth) who is born on January 1, 1900, and thus his name Nineteen Hundred. He grows up always having lived on an ocean liner, becoming a talented pianist.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. The Legend of 1900 is still fresh; like the dawning of a new age, it feels like an awakening.
  2. Tantalizingly structured to intrigue us right from the start.
  3. There is one scene in The Legend of 1900 that is easily worth the price of admission. It finds the ship heeling in an Atlantic storm. In the ballroom Roth plays the piano as it moves and slides in an eerie waltz around the floor.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Its protagonist haven't enough emotional substance to carry them through the long, darkly lit introspective sequences.
  5. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    A magic-realistic fable whose lows soon prove as infuriating as its highs are intoxicating.
  6. 58
    It's a wonderful reminder of the importance of music in the movies.
  7. The schmaltz is relentless in The Legend of 1900, the newest film from "Cinema Paradiso'' director Giuseppe Tornatore. It comes in waves, it leeches onto every surface and it turns decent actors into sticky-sweet fuzzballs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. StevenZ.
    Sep 9, 2005
    I like this sad movie!
  2. PeterM.
    Mar 1, 2006
    The greatest film of all time.
  3. JohnC.
    Jul 22, 2006
    Great movie Great music.
  4. HedzyS.
    Feb 6, 2006
    One of the greatest movies i've ever seen .. the story was well thought out, the characters are interesting, and the music is absolutely exquisite. In fact, this movie actually inspired me to start taking piano lessons. I am now 16 and have been playing for 6 years, ever since The Journey Of 1900 was released. Expand
  5. May 3, 2013
    Superb original soundtrack,amazing story and beautiful atmosphere! This movie is really one of the few movies that my friends recommended to me and i liked it a lot! I would recommend it to everyone...but if you're a musician or you're a music lover you should watch this masterpiece without no doubt! My final score for "The Legend of 1900" is 8/10 Expand
  6. Ken
    Mar 20, 2007
    The Good: amazing piano scenes; subtle, ironic humor; Roth is genuine. The Bad: too long, too boring, strangely-paced. This movie has some scenes that are dazzlingly creative, well-written, or beautiful. There are fantastic piano sequences (one of which involves a grand piano being played as it is flying across the floor of a storm-tossed ship), and the quirky, low-key humor will be enjoyed by those patient enough to look for it. As a piano-playing movie, it is fantastic. As a gripping character study, it falls flat. Indeed, "gripping" is a large problem with this movie, for that it was it lacks. One may lament, as I did, how sad it is that there are so many great scenes and moments tied together by long stretches of boredom. I'd highly recommend renting it for a watch-through--some of the scenes are classic! Expand
  7. Apr 25, 2013
    The Legend of 1900 is one of the cleverest comedies ever filmed. Director Giuseppe Tornatore manages to get the viewer to believe they are watching a serious movie about a boy who grows up (secretly) on an ocean liner. The boy becomes a man (still living on the ship but keeping a low profile). But he becomes not just any man; he emerges as a piano virtuoso the likes of which the ocean blue has never seen.

    One particularly chortle-worthy scene depicts Tim Roth's character (the titular 1900 (HA HA HA)) lighting a cigarette off of the "hot" piano strings after his jazz duel with Jelly Roll Morton. HA HA HA HA, HO HO HO... whew! Oh, that is priceless.

    The over-the-top script is delivered with hilarious high-school histrionics by a cast that includes the usually serious Pruitt Taylor Vince and Clarence (Linc) Williams III.

    Hold on a second. This just in. I've been advised that this is indeed NOT a comedy. Really? Well then, I must remind myself to never watch anything with "Legend(s) of" in the title (e.g. Legend of Bagger Vance, Legends of the Fall, Legend of Zorro, Legend of 1900). I thought those were all comedies.

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