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Movie Review The Last Emperor The Last Emperor was a movie about Pu Yi and how Pu Yi who at the age of 3 comes to the Imperial Dragon Throne to become the Last Emperor of China His whole life is spanned in this film from his childhood to his ultimate fate as an unskilled gardener in the streets of Beijing The movie was directed by Bernardo Bertolucci Bernardo Bertolucci was born on March 16 1940 in Parma Italy He was born into a family of intelligent people His father was a poet anthologist film critic and art history professor Bertoluccis father even encouraged Bernardo when he was a child he often brought Bernard to film screenings When Bertolucci was fifteen he made two short films about children and was also gaining popularity throughout Italy as a writer His first book In Search of Mystery won the one of the top literary awards in Italy the Premio Viareggio At the University of Rome 1958-1961 Bertolucci began his film career as an assistant director to Pier Paolo Pasolini But Bertolucci left the University of Rome without graduating and started on an independent study of film Bernardo Bertoluccis first feature film The Grim Reaper was filmed on location in Rome in 1962 Before the Revolution his second feature film didnt do much better commercially than The Grim Reaper but won him recognition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1964 For the next five years Bertolucci was not able to raise money for another feature length film but instead directed a number of documentaries and helped director Julian Beck with some of his productions His next film The Spiders Strategem was said to be an improvement over his first two feature films but it was not until the release of The Conformist in 1970 that Bertoluccis directorial excellence became known The film deals with Fascist Italy under Mussolini Two years later Bertolucci directed The Last Tango in
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