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The Legend of 1900 (La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano)

Rating:R (for language)
Release Date:October 29, 1999
Running time:116 minutes
Cast:Tim Roth, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Clarence Williams, Bill Nunn, Melanie Thierry
Director:Giuseppe Tornatore
Producer:Francesco Tornatore
Writer:Giuseppe Tornatore
Distributor:Fine Line Features

Description: Based on a dramatic monologue by Italian novelist Alessandro Baricco, The Legend of 1900 marks the first English language film for director Giuseppe Tornatore. The film stars Tim Roth in the title role and features a stunning score by legendary composer Ennio Morricone. An extraordinary tale of a virtuosos musician born at sea, The Legend of 1900 paints a vivid portrait of a brilliant, but rather unconventional life. Named for the year in which he was born, 1900 grows up in a charmed world of stormy gales and swaying decks as he fashions his existence within the confines of his trans-Atlantic steamer. His natural talent at the piano attracts the attention of jazz legend Jelly Roll Morton, who comes on board to challenge 1900 to a dual. Oblivious to his mounting notoriety, 1900 remains a fixture at sea, forever seduced by the sounds of the Ocean.

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