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The Legend of 1900 (1998)


“La leggenda del pianista sull’oceano”

Drama, Music, Romance

The Legend of 1900 is drama film directed by Giuseppe Tornatore and starring Tim Roth, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Mélanie Thierry. It was Tornatore’s first English-language film. The film is inspired by Novecento, a monologue by Alessandro Baricco.

On New Year’s Day 1900, Danny (Bill Nunn), a crew member on an ocean liner, finds a deserted infant and decides to adopt him, nicknaming him “1900.” As an adult, the eccentric 1900 (Tim Roth) grows into a remarkable musician aboard the boat. Rumors of his brilliant piano playing eventually reach the shore, and his pal Max (Pruitt Taylor Vince) believes that success surely awaits 1900 on land. The only problem, however, is that the enigmatic pianist is loath to embrace life away from the ship.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore

Writers: Alessandro Baricco, Giuseppe Tornatore

Stars: Tim Roth, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Mélanie Thierry, Bill Nunn, Clarence Williams III, Peter Vaughan, Gabriele Lavia


Tim RothNovecento
Pruitt Taylor VinceMax
Mélanie ThierryLa ragazza
Bill NunnDanny
Clarence Williams III‘Jelly Roll’ Morton
Peter VaughanNegoziante
Niall O’BrienCapo del porto
Alberto VazquezMachinista messicano
Gabriele LaviaContadino
John Armstead
Cory BuckLemon – age 8
Norman ChancerImpresario
Sidney ColeMusician
Katy Monique Cuomo
Luigi De LucaNeapolitan Stoker
Agostino Di GiorgioBanjo Player
Nicola Di Pinto
Harry DitsonCaptain Smith
Andrew DunfordForeman
Femi Elufowoju Jr.Black Stoker
Nigel FanChinese Stoker
Easton GageLemon – age 4
Eamon GeogheganSergeant
Piero GimondoClarinet Player
Emanuele Gullotto
Michael Korovkin
Masa Mbatha Opasha
Adrian McCourt
Kevin McNally
Luis MolteniInspector
Roger MonkIrish Stoker
Noriko AidaMattress Maker
Vernon NurseFritz Hermann
Bernard PaddenBoatswain
Stefano PaginBass Player
Riccardo Pellegrino
Bryan PringleCivil Servant
Shaila Rubin
Michael SupnickTrombone
Ivan Truol TroncosoStowaway
Beniamino Vitale
Adriano WajskolDrummer
Heathcote WilliamsDoctor Klauserman
Paul Richard Wood
Anita Zagaria
Wilson Di BoisWireless Operator
Steven LuottoBlind Helmsman
Leonid ZaslavskiPolish Stoker
Valentina Calabrò1st Class Passenger
Pierluigi Coppola
Angelo Di LoretaThe Cook
Julien LovettChild 1900

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