Show Business: A Messy Fight for the Final Cut

After making Last Tango in Paris back in 1973, Italian Director Bernardo Bertolucci was prosecuted for obscenity, buffeted by public controversy and caught in a crossfire of critical overkill —pans on one side, panegyrics on the other. But at least he got his movie into the theaters.

Now Bertolucci, 36, has come in with 1900, one of the most eagerly awaited films of recent years, and already his troubles over Last Tango look like tiddlywinks. The new picture is a year late, $5 million over budget, and—with a running time of five hours, ten...

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