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Trailers from Hell Looks at Criterion Goodies, Starting with 'The Last Emperor' (VIDEO)

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood February 24, 2014 at 11:47AM

A Criterion Royal Flush! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with John Landis introducing Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor."
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'The Last Emperor'
'The Last Emperor'

A Criterion Royal Flush! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with John Landis introducing Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor."

Many epics crumble under the weight of their own plus-sized intentions but thanks to the virtuoso skill of director Bertolucci and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, 1987′s The Last Emperor, the remarkable story of Pu Yi who reigned over the Forbidden City and fell from grace, becomes a soulful epic with the sensuous pageantry of a grand opera. David Byrne’s delicately rhythmic score is a hipster’s mix of new wave percussion and traditional Chinese melody.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.