1976, Paramount, 245 min, Italy, Dir: Bernardo Bertolucci

Bertolucci tells the story of the first half of the 20th-century through the lives of a pair of friends born on the same day, one a peasant (Gerard Depardieu) and one an aristocrat (Robert De Niro). As the friends grow up and grow apart, their experiences encompass the changing political and economic climate of Italy, and of Europe as a whole. Donald Sutherland and Burt Lancaster also star in this stunning combination of the intimate and the epic.

1987, 164 min, China, Italy, UK, France, Dir: Bernardo Bertolucci

Director Bernardo Bertolucci’s ravishing, Oscar-winning epic of the life of Pu Yi (John Lone), from 3-year old emperor of China to humble Peking gardener. Literally a film about before - and after - the Revolution, LAST EMPEROR is an elegiac swan song to the end of one era and the beginning of another. Winner of nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography and Art Direction. Co-starring Peter O’Toole.

1960, Universal, 184 min, USA, Dir: Stanley Kubrick

Director Stanley Kubrick’s awesome epic is one of the most visually stunning films ever produced in 70mm. Kirk Douglas stars as the gladiator who leads his fellow slaves in a revolt against Rome, while co-stars Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis, Jean Simmons, Peter Ustinov, John Gavin and Nina Foch get swept into the firestorm. Brilliantly scripted by writer Dalton Trumbo (whose hiring by producer Douglas helped shatter the blacklist), with Oscar-winning photography by Russell Metty.

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