The Legend of 1900: My review
The Legend of 1900: Movie review
I was enthralled when I watched this film. No other word is quite good enough. This movie has no violence, no sex, none of the components that seem to be essential for a great entertainment today.
But it has magnificent music, the majesty of the ocean, a luxurious liner and an amazing story that will captivate you.
I first saw it many years ago. It was made in 1998 and it was about five years later that I bought it for someone as a gift and was fascinated by what I read on the cover. Well, I reasoned, the intended recipient wouldn't know if I watched it first, would he? Needless to say, he never received it. I kept it and still watch it regularly.
Despite the wonders of the visuals of this film, despite the splendid music and the enthralling story, this movie is relatively unknown. If you haven't seen it, buy it now. You won't regret it.
1900, for this is the name of the main character, was born and abandoned on a luxurious liner as the century began. He was brought up aboard by a crew member, almost in secret, and yet the boy is a musical prodigy. His adoptive father having died in an accident, 1900 remains on the ship and becomes its chief entertainer; he is a brilliant pianist.
And he has never left the ship
What an interesting concept. 1900 has never set foot on dry land in his life. Obviously, I'm not going to tell you whether he does as the film progresses.
Tip: Although this film is fascinating from beginning to end, one of the highlights is the piano duel with the famous Jelly Roll Morton. Who will win this battle of the jazz pianists? Scroll down to see the video of this amazing scene.
Dancing with the ocean
Oh, and the film is funny. In the movie clip below, a new band member, who is actually the narrator of the story, is having difficulty finding his sea-legs during a particularly violent storm. 1900 cures him.Watch the clip below to get a small flavor of what's in store.
Really, you have GOT to watch this video. Scroll down to see what I mean.
As you can imagine, 1900 has little patience with people who become seasick.After all, he has lived all his life aboard ship so how could a ship possibly make people ill?
Nevertheless, he is compassionate to those who suffer.
But he has a marvellous cure.Can music cure anything? It seems that 1900 thinks so.And it works. His aim is to show the majesty of the sea - the pleasure that can be gained from Mother Nature's excesses.
I understand this. Living in Florida, I often see the mayhem that Mother Nature can send our way.
The piano duel
Don't watch this video unless you want a little bit of a spoiler.Jazz pianist, Jelly Roll Morton, has heard about this phenomenal pianist who plays only onboard the one ship.
How can anyone challenge his 'obvious' superiority when it comes to the piano?
It seems that 1900 can't. Or can he?
1900 really isn't interested in this sort of ego boost. But his friends on the ship, and the passengers who have been listening to him play, have a vested interest. Will he succeed or will he let them down?
Needless to say, 1900 (as the phrase is) keeps his cool.Doesn't he care about the challenge?The whole ship is depending on him. Will he prove to be a damp squib?
© 2013 Jackie Jackson