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  • 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)

    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 »

  • Luigi Comencini – Cercasi Gesù (1982)

    1981-1990ComedyItalyLuigi Comencini

    Giovanni is a young man who has been used by a catholic publishing house to advertise, with his face, a publication by installments concerning Jesus life. Francesca is a mysterious girl he met on the street and who’s being sought by the police.Read More »

  • Jacques Rivette – Merry-Go-Round (1981)

    1981-1990ArthouseDramaFranceJacques Rivette

    So the story goes: Having completed only two (Duelle and Noroît) of the proposed four films in his quick-succession series Scenes from a Parallel Life, Jacques Rivette found himself hounded by investors and teetering on the edge of sanity. The result: Merry-Go-Round—a fascinatingly nonsensical ramble through the director’s own inland empire, featuring a scruffy Joe Dallesandro, as American abroad Ben Phillipps, and a sleepy-eyed Maria Schneider, as mystery woman Léo Hoffmann, wandering the French countryside in search of the elusive Elisabeth (Danièle Gegauff), the former’s girlfriend and the latter’s sister. Read More »

  • Dominique Goult – Haine AKA Killer-Truck (1980)

    1971-1980Dominique GoultDramaFranceThriller

    A drifter on a motorcycle happens to be passing through a town immediately after a young school girl has been run over and killed by an unknown person on a motorcycle.Read More »

  • René Clément – La baby-sitter aka Jeune fille libre le soir (1975)

    1971-1980CrimeFranceMysteryRené Clément


    Whatever one says about the plot of this film is going to be a spoiler. Let’s just say that a girl takes a baby-sitting job for one night and in the morning finds that things are not what they seemed and she is in a big load of trouble.

    The film has been trashed by just about everybody who ever bothered to write about it, and that’s unfair. At least among Clément’s thrillers – Les felins, Le passager de la pluie, La course du lièvre à travers les champs, etc – it can stand its ground, sharing their dreamlike ambiguity and opaque plot structure. It may not be a masterpiece, but it’s certainly a worthwhile couple of hours.Read More »

  • Enki Bilal – Bunker Palace Hôtel (1989)

    Drama1981-1990Enki BilalFranceSci-Fi

    At some time in the future, a crumbling totalitarian state is racked by civil war between the old guard and the insurrectionists.
    The current leaders take refuge in the Bunker Palace Hotel, a subterranean shelter staffed by run-down androids. A rebel spy, Clara, manages to infiltrate the secret base, but her mission is unclear. Meanwhile, the assembled leaders await with growing impatience the arrival of their president…Read More »

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