Bernardo Bertolucci

  • Bernardo Bertolucci – Ultimo tango a Parigi AKA Last Tango in Paris (1972)

    Bernardo Bertolucci1971-1980Amos Vogel: Film as a Subversive ArtDramaFrance
    Ultimo tango a Parigi (1972)
    Ultimo tango a Parigi (1972)

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    In Bernardo Bertolucci’s art-house classic, Marlon Brando delivers one of his characteristically idiosyncratic performances as Paul, a middle-aged American in “emotional exile” who comes to Paris when his estranged wife commits suicide. Chancing to meet young Frenchwoman Jeanne (Maria Schneider), Paul enters into a sadomasochistic, carnal relationship with her, indirectly attacking the hypocrisy all around him through his raw, outrageous sexual behavior. Paul also hopes to purge himself of his own feelings of guilt, brilliantly (and profanely) articulated in a largely ad-libbed monologue at his wife’s coffin. If the sexual content in Last Tango is uncomfortably explicit (once seen, the infamous “butter scene” is never forgotten), the combination of Brando’s acting, Bertolucci’s direction, Vittorio Storaro’s cinematography, and Gato Barbieri’s music is unbeatable, creating one of the classic European art movies of the 1970s, albeit one that is not for all viewers.Read More »

  • Bernardo Bertolucci – La via del petrolio AKA The Path of Oil (1967)

    1961-1970Bernardo BertolucciDocumentaryItaly

    Bernardo Bertolucci’s first and only documentary, La via del petrolio consists of three episodes produced by the director in October-November 1965 to recount the complete “oil journey”, from exploration to extraction, shipment and transportation to the refinery in pipelines.Read More »

  • Bernardo Bertolucci – Novecento AKA 1900 [4K Restoration] (1976)

    1971-1980Bernardo BertolucciDramaEpicItaly

    After the international firestorm of Last Tango in Paris, Bernardo Bertolucci went on to create one of the grandest and most legendary epics in modern cinema. A stunning five-hour saga following the intertwined fates of two childhood friends born on the same day in 1901 at opposite ends of the social scale through five decades of class struggle.Read More »

  • Mimmo Verdesca – Alida (2021)

    2021-2030DocumentaryItalyMimmo Verdesca

    Alida Valli is one of the most famous and beloved actresses of the 20th-century, a true legend, and a national treasure. Mimmo Verdesca tells her the extraordinary life through the words of her letters and diaries, read by Giovanna Mezzogiorno, and exclusive testimonies of eminent protagonists of Italian and international cinema and theatre.

    ‘Alida’ is a gem for many reasons: and the director proves his ability as a storyteller. He takes you on a fascinating journey that allows you to get to know the artist and the woman as well. And the latter is a captivating discovery.Read More »

  • Bernardo Bertolucci – The Dreamers (2003)

    2001-2010ArthouseBernardo BertolucciDramaItalyThe Films of May '68

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    Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Dreamers” is set in Paris in the spring of 1968, a tumultuous time of sexual experimentation and political revolt. The people have taken to the streets, but for attractive, enigmatic twins Isabelle and Theo and their American friend Matthew, the riotous events that will define their lives transpire inside–in the bath tub and on the hard kitchen floor, in bed and beneath the altar of a black and white pin-up of Marilyn Monroe tacked on to Theo’s bedroom wall.
    The story of three young cinephiles and sexual neophytes coming of age in Paris is captivating material. Based on the novel by Gilbert Adair, Bertolucci tells the story through the eyes of the outsider. Matthew (Michael Pitt), first meets the twins at the locked gates of the Cinematheque Français, where Isabelle (Eva Green) strikes the pose of a movie star while Bertolucci adds documentary footage of Jean-Pierre Léaud with a bull-horn and François Truffaut protesting the forced resignation of Henri Langois.Read More »

  • Bernardo Bertolucci – Il conformista AKA The Conformist (1970) (HD)

    1961-1970Bernardo BertolucciDramaItalyPolitics

    This story opens in 1938 in Rome, where Marcello has just taken a job working for Mussollini and is courting a beautiful young woman who will make him even more of a conformist. Marcello is going to Paris on his honeymoon and his bosses have an assignment for him there. Look up an old professor who fled Italy when the fascists came into power. At the border of Italy and France, where Marcello and his bride have to change trains, his bosses give him a gun with a silencer. In a flashback to 1917, we learn why sex and violence are linked in Marcello’s mind.Read More »

  • Bernardo Bertolucci – Io e te AKA Me and You (2012)

    2011-2020Bernardo BertolucciDramaItaly

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    An introverted teenager tells his parents he is going on a ski trip, but instead spends his time alone in a basement.Read More »

  • Bernardo Bertolucci – Il conformista AKA The Conformist (1970)

    1961-1970Bernardo BertolucciDramaItaly

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    This story opens in 1938 in Rome, where Marcello has just taken a job working for Mussollini and is courting a beautiful young woman who will make him even more of a conformist. Marcello is going to Paris on his honeymoon and his bosses have an assignment for him there. Look up an old professor who fled Italy when the fascists came into power. At the border of Italy and France, where Marcello and his bride have to change trains, his bosses give him a gun with a silencer. In a flashback to 1917, we learn why sex and violence are linked in Marcello’s mind. (IMDb)Read More »

  • Bernardo Bertolucci – Prima della rivoluzione AKA Before the Revolution (1964)

    Drama1961-1970ArthouseBernardo BertolucciItaly

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    The study of a youth on the edge of adulthood and his aunt, ten years older. Fabrizio is passionate, idealistic, influenced by Cesare, a teacher and Marxist, engaged to the lovely but bourgeois Clelia, and stung by the drowning of his mercurial friend Agostino, a possible suicide. Gina is herself a bundle of nervous energy, alternately sweet, seductive, poetic, distracted, and unhinged. They begin a love affair after Agostino’s funeral, then Gina confuses Fabrizio by sleeping with a stranger. Their visits to Cesare and then to Puck, one of Gina’s older friends, a landowner losing his land, dramatize contrasting images of Italy’s future. Their own futures are bleak.Read More »

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