On the very first day of the new century, a baby boy is found on the passenger ship, Virginia. The orphan is brought up in secret by the ship's coal room worker, hidden from the world and never knowing any other life than the belly of the ship. He is known as "1900". When the boy's father is killed in an accident, 1900's identity becomes known to the rest of the ship when he wanders into first class and proves to be a prodigy on the grand piano. 1900 stays on board the ship, entertaining the world, 2000 people at a time. Three decades later, The Virginian is a rusted hull, due for demolition. Just one man remembers the former beauty of the ship, the legend that was 1900, and the strange fact that the pianist just disappeared when the ship was taken out of business. He suspects that 1900 may still be on board the doomed ship. And so the search begins.
Not quite Tornatore
- The Legend of 1900 review by CSF
Tornatore's films used to be either a masterpiece or a cult film. This film doesn't show an honorable exit. Like Hitchcock's 'Family Plot', '1900' is the one too many. It is also a very frustrating story with the typical Italian ending; as if the happy ending was for cheap films only. The idea is great, the actors are great, the filming is great and poetical BUT the story leaves you as frustrated as in the beginning.