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Italian Film 'The Legend of 1900'
to Screen at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Nov. 15, 2007

poster for The Legend of 1900EAU CLAIRE — Giuseppe Tornatore's "The Legend of 1900" (Italy 1998) will be presented Nov. 29-Dec. 2 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The first English-language film from the director of the Academy Award-winning "Cinema Paradiso," the film will screen Thursday through Sunday at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

A jazz trumpeter (Pruitt Taylor Vince) tells a shopkeeper the story of an enigmatic man (Tim Roth) who lived an extraordinary life. As an infant he was found by the crew of a luxurious trans-Atlantic cruise ship, abandoned and left in a crate on top of a piano. Raised by the crew and named 1900 for the year in which he was born, the boy grows up in the bowels of the ship, shuttling back and forth across the ocean and never setting foot on dry land. He is drawn to the piano and reveals an astonishing gift for creating music. The prodigy dazzles the passengers and his reputation spreads around the world culminating in a jazz piano duel with the legendary Jelly Roll Morton (Clarence Williams III). The promise of fame and fortune does not tempt 1900 to leave the ship, but the sight of a beautiful young passenger compels him to join the outside world and lead a normal life.

A cinematic fable based on a dramatic monologue by Alessandro Baricco, the 123-minute film is rated R.

Admission is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the Service Center in Davies Center's east lobby, 715-836-3727, and will be sold at the door.

The film is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate.

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