I was born on this ship and the whole world passed me by . . .
two thousand people at a time.
The Legend of 1900 is a cinematic feast, rich in old-world elegance, and begins in the year 1900, when an abandoned baby boy is found by an engine worker on a luxury liner. The child grows up on the ship, and develops a natural ability for playing the piano, becoming something of a virtuoso in his early twenties and attracting recognition from the outside world. It is a masterpiece by acclaimed director Giuseppe Tornatore and is available for instant viewing if you have a Netflix account.
The ship travels back and forth between Italy and New York, bringing thousands of new faces into the country and Tornatore explores the immigrant experience aboard the liner. On the upper decks, luxury reigns and young 1900 can be found every evening in the ball room, playing with the house band.
One of my favorite scenes is when the title character, played by Tim Roth (from the television series Lie to Me), has been asked to make a recording so that others around the world can listen to music ‘that’s never been heard before’. Because he refuses to set foot off ship, the recording must come to him. Listen to the beauty of the piano in this scene, where a young woman appears, played by the lovely Melanie Thierry.
I can’t recommend this movie more. It’s an engaging story with interesting and unique characters and the music will leave you swooning.
Here’s the trailer as well.
Hope you enjoy.