A couple of weeks ago, I gave the opportunity to all the actual subscribers of my site to submit a movie review of a movie of their choice to me. It is a contest that I like to do from time to time for those that have expressed interest by subscribing to my site. Out of all the submissions I picked the winner to publish in today’s post in this new segment entitled “Subscriber’s Selection.”
Thank you to everyone that submitted a review. The winner this time around is: DrkaMan. DrkaMan was actually the very first subscriber to TheScarletSp1der’s web of reviews! A movie enthusiast himself, he wrote a review on a film I have yet to have the pleasure of watching! I can’t wait to check it out. Hopefully the same will be for you. I look forward to reading more from DrkaMan and other subscribers. If you’d like the opportunity to be involved like this, be sure to click the “Suscribe” button in the righthand margin of this page!
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The Antidote to All Your Troubles, “1900” will sweep you away!
I am writing this review with one goal in mind. I want to introduce you all to an exceptional movie. I first saw this movie several years ago when I worked for a dvd manufacturing company. I was able to watch it while doing a QA check on it. I fell in love with it instantly. I was actually angry that I had never heard of it before. It is at a time like this I wish I could expand my vocabulary to better articulate the virtues and qualities of such a fine film. I also find I’m bursting to talk about this film that I regrettably saw alone. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but desperately want to share it with everyone.
The talented star of “The Legend of 1900”, Tim Roth, presented this film along with Clarence Williams III. His encouragement to the audience was that if anyone was the sort who liked to pick apart at films and critique their lack of realism, they should just leave now. He touted this wonderful vision from the director of Cinema Paradiso, Giuseppe Tornatore, and likened the film to a “dream”.
It seems as though mere moments after the initial credits, that the wonderful storytelling and incredible music combined with stunning visuals almost had me moved to tears.
The movie takes place after WW2. Max, played by (Pruitt Taylor Prince) visits an english pawn shop to sell his trumpet. After he sells it he asks if he can play it one more time. The shop owner recognizes the tune he’s playing as one on a wax master of an unreleased recording that was restored from shards found inside a piano off of a cruise liner turned hospital ship. This prompts Max to tell his story to the shop keeper. He later tells the story to the official of the doomed vessel. Max is a gifted Jazz musician. His longest gig was on a ship called the Virginian. While Max is gaining his sea legs he is befriended by another musician on the ship. His name was Danny Boodman T.D. Lemons 1900(Tim Roth), everyone just called him 1900 which was the year of his birth.
1900 was abandoned in first class by his immigrant parents. He was adopted by a stoker on the ship, Danny Boodman. He was raised in the engine rooms of the ship and learned to read from horse racing reports. After his adopted father’s death he remained on the ship. Lured by the sound of the piano in the first class ball room, he eventually became a gifted pianist, a great jazz improvisationist, a composer of rich modern music inspired by his intense observation of the life around him and, the stories passengers on all levels of the ship trusted him enough to tell. His talent earned him such accolades that he was challenged by, and bested Jelly Roll Morton (Clarence Williams III) in a piano duel on board the ship. Even with all the fame he never left the ship, except almost once, in the aftermath of an infatuation with a woman on board who inspired the music committed to the master Max discovered in the pawn shop. Max realizes that 1900 must still be on the ship, and determines to find him, and to find out once and for all why he has so consistently refused to leave.
Well, that should be enough to intrigue you; there’s much more of course, but I’ve no desire to spoil it for anyone. I must encourage everyone to see this film, I can hardly imagine anyone being disappointed. It’s for music lovers, dreamers, romantics and film buffs everywhere and my greatest hope is that it will be seen by many, many people, especially those I know and love. And after seeing the film, and hearing Tim Roth’s words echoing in my mind, he was absolutely right. It is like a dream, a wonderful dream that I wished would never end.
–DrkaMan’s score: 10 out of 10 stars! without question.