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The Last Emperor: Director's Cut

4

Bernardo Bertolucci's epic comes in two different versions here: the original, near-three-hour version for wimps, and last year's near-four-hour Director's Cut. Go for the latter.

The first Western film to be shot in China, it sucks you into the story of Pu Yi, the last emperor of a country going through huge political changes. Yes it's long, but it's also a compulsive, grand, tragic saga of a man imprisoned for life by history, made immersive by Bertolucci's sumptuous, poetic direction.

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