The Legend of 1900


2h 50m 1999

Brief Synopsis

An orphan is born on a cruise ship in 1900, and left in a lemon crate in the ballroom. The baby is raised by a machinist on the ship, Danny Boodman, who hides him in the great ship's belly. The boy becomes known simply as 1900. Knowing nothing of the world beyond the coal room and his porthole view

Film Details

Also Known As
La Legende du pianiste sur l'ocean, La Leggenda del pianista sull'oceano, Legend of 1900, Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean, Legende du pianiste sur l'ocean, La, Leggenda del Pianiste sull'Oceano, Leggenda del pianista sull'oceano
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1999
Distribution Company
FINE LINE/FINE LINE FEATURES
Location
Cinecitta Studios, Rome, Italy; Ukraine

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 50m

Synopsis

An orphan is born on a cruise ship in 1900, and left in a lemon crate in the ballroom. The baby is raised by a machinist on the ship, Danny Boodman, who hides him in the great ship's belly. The boy becomes known simply as 1900. Knowing nothing of the world beyond the coal room and his porthole view of the sea, 1900 is devastated when his 'adopted father' is fatally wounded in a terrible ship accident. Following Danny's death, 1900 evades the captain's attempts to send him ashore to an orphanage. 1900 saves himself when he wanders into first class and finds a shipboard piano -- discovering he is a prodigy who can naturally play glorious, soulful music. He begins playing for the passengers, both rich upstairs and poor below decks. When he grows up, 1900 falls for a New York girl, but has never been on land in his life, and so is too fearful to follow her. His life is lived entirely on board the ship -- eventually, 1900 fades into obscurity -- only a rare recording proves his existence.

Crew

Joe Adams

Casting Associate (Uncredited)

Joe Adams

Other

Renato Agostini

Other

Nick Alexander

Adr

Damiano Antinori

Sound

Fausto Anzelmo

Other

Phil Attfield

Visual Effects

Solo Avital

Animator

Stefano Ballirano

Visual Effects

Cesare Barbetti

Writer (Dialogue)

Cesare Barbetti

Screenplay

Cesare Barbetti

Adr Supervisor

Alessandro Baricco

Other

Stefano Barile

Visual Effects

Daniele Barlone

Adr

Alessia Bassi

Post-Production Coordinator

Denver M. Beattie

Assistant Director

Richard Beggs

Rerecording

Marta Billingsley

Sound Editor

Michael Billingsley

Sound Editor

Michael Billingsley

Adr

Federico Bozzano

Art Department

Alexander Bresinsky

Visual Effects

Manfred Buettner

Animator

Marcello Buffa

Post-Production Supervisor

David Bush

Visual Effects Supervisor

Gilda Butta

Other

Valeria Campana

Sound Editor

Donald Campbell

Animator

Roberto Cappannelli

Adr

Inti Carboni

Assistant Director

Simon Carr

Animator

Philip Carter

Post-Production Coordinator

Fabrizio Castellani

Assistant Director

Fabrizio Castellani

Casting

Bruno Cesari

Set Decorator

Marco Chimenz

Other

Davide Cincis

Assistant Director

Alessandro Cioffi

Animator

Silvia Cipparoli

Visual Effects

Peter Connelly

Animator

Michael Conner

Motion Control

Maurizio Corrado

Animator

Paul Cotsen

Animator

Neil Cunningham

Digital Effects Artist

Peter Cvijanovic

Art Department

Emanuele D'arrigo

Graphic Artist

Stella D'onofrio

Script Supervisor

Stella D'onofrio

Continuity

Cesare De Natale

Music

Daniele De Santis

Other

Enrico Demelis

Music Coordinator

Ugo Derossi

Editing

Marina Di Patrizi

Visual Effects

Wilson Du Bois

Other

Paddy Eason

Animator

Matteo Eleni

Graphic Artist

Rebecca Elliot

Visual Effects

Laura Fattori

Executive Producer

Roberta Federico

Other

Biagio Fersini

Other

Mario Francini

Unit Manager

Mario Francini

Production Supervisor

Renato Francola

Makeup

Francesco Frigeri

Production Designer

Kristina Gahlin

Art Department

Giovanni Gebbia

Camera Operator

Giovanni Gebbia

Steadicam Operator

Ben Goldschmied

Motion Control

Judith Goodman

Production Coordinator

Francesco Grant

Storyboard Artist

Matthew Hancock

Other

Carla Indoni

Hairdresser

Giorgio Innocenti

Production Supervisor

Pietro Iodice

Animator

Thomas Richard Johnson

Rerecording

Scott Joplin

Song Performer

Jack Judge

Song Performer

Jasmin Karehalli

Animator

Lajos Koltai

Director Of Photography

Lajos Koltai

Dp/Cinematographer

Oleg Korotenko

Producer

Andrea Lancia

Sound Editor

Silvia Landro

Animator

Sharon Lark

Visual Effects

Lasairfhiona Lawless

Visual Effects

Enrico Lucidi

Camera Operator

Enrico Lucidi

Director Of Photography

Enrico Lucidi

Dp/Cinematographer

George Maihofer

Animator

Cristiano Mariani

Graphic Artist

Fabian Marquez

Other

Adrian Martin

Visual Effects

Gianni Marzagalli

Art Department

Walter Masi

Production Supervisor

Enzo Mastrantonio

Makeup

Valerie Mccaffrey

Casting

Ian Menzies

Motion Control

Maurizio Millenotti

Costume Designer

Charles Morin

Visual Effects

Ennio Morricone

Song

Ennio Morricone

Music

Ennio Morricone

Music Conductor

Jelly Roll Morton

Song Performer

Germano Natali

Other

Edmondo Natlai

Other

Riccardo Neri

Production Manager

Lucia Nigri

Other

Prescott Niles

Technical Advisor

Pietro Notarianni

Production Coordinator

Andrea Nuzzolo

Production Manager

Gianni Oddi

Music

Filippo Olivari

Art Department

Gruff Owen

Animator

Renata Paccarie

Production Coordinator

Alessandro Panatteri

Song Performer

Guido Pappada

Animator

Roberto Petrozzi

Sound Recordist

Maurizio Pigna

Unit Manager

Marcello Piras

Consultant

Gianluca Pumpo

Technical Advisor

Massimo Quaglia

Editor

Franco Ragusa

Other

Angelo Raguseo

Rerecording

Silvia Ranfagni

Production Coordinator

Alberto Restelli

Other

Luigi Rocchetti

Makeup

Lilio Rosato

Sound Editor

Shaila Rubin

Casting

Ruggero Salvadori

Unit Manager

Maria Antonietta Salvatori

Wardrobe

Daria Sardi

Animator

Piero Sassoroli

Post-Production Supervisor

Claudio Savassi

Other

Franco Sgueglia

Animator

Steve Shaw

Visual Effects

Aldo Signoretti

Hair Stylist

Carla Simoncelli

Editing

Catherine Smith

Production Coordinator

Leontine Snel

Choreographer

Corrado Strada

Set Designer

Marios Theodosi

Art Department

Amedeo Tommasi

Consultant

Francesco Tornatore

Producer

Francesco Tornatore

Production Coordinator

Giuseppe Tornatore

Screenplay

Oscar Tornincasa

Graphic Artist

Ian Townsend

Technical Advisor

Fabio Massimo Travesari

Other

Eddie Van Halen

Song Performer

Angelo Vannella

Hairdresser

Catherine Veevers

Art Department

Fabio Venturi

Sound

Jaime Villahermosa

Visual Effects

Plastici Villahermosa

Visual Effects

Hugh Waddell

Adr

Roger Waters

Song Performer

Roger Waters

Song

Harry Williams

Song Performer

Riccardo Zanettini

Graphic Artist

Jeremy Zimmermann

Casting

Film Details

Also Known As
La Legende du pianiste sur l'ocean, La Leggenda del pianista sull'oceano, Legend of 1900, Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean, Legende du pianiste sur l'ocean, La, Leggenda del Pianiste sull'Oceano, Leggenda del pianista sull'oceano
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1999
Distribution Company
FINE LINE/FINE LINE FEATURES
Location
Cinecitta Studios, Rome, Italy; Ukraine

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 50m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Nominated for eight 1999 David di Donatello Awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Musical Score and Best Costumes.

Released in United States Fall October 29, 1999

Expanded Release in United States November 12, 1999

Released in United States 1999

Released in United States August 1999

Released in United States September 1999

Released in United States October 1999

Shown at Montreal World Film Festival August 27 - September 6, 1999.

Shown at Locarno International Film Festival (Closing Night) August 4-14, 1999.

Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival September 16-25, 1999.

Shown at Mill Valley Film Festival October 7-17, 1999.

Laurence Fishburne was previously attached for the role of Jelly Roll Morton.

This film is Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore's first English-language feature.

Began shooting September 12, 1997.

Completed shooting late March 1998.

Limited release in Australia June 1, 2000.

Released in United States Fall October 29, 1999

Expanded Release in United States November 12, 1999

Released in United States 1999 (Shown at Montreal World Film Festival August 27 - September 6, 1999.)

Released in United States August 1999 (Shown at Locarno International Film Festival (Closing Night) August 4-14, 1999.)

Released in United States September 1999 (Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival September 16-25, 1999.)

Released in United States October 1999 (Shown at Mill Valley Film Festival October 7-17, 1999.)

Released in United States October 1999 (Shown at AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival (Centerpiece Gala) October 21-29, 1999.)