Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
Last Tango in Paris
A young Parisian woman begins a sordid affair with a middle-aged American businessman whom lays out ground rules that their clandestine relationship will be based only on sex.
Graphic and uncompromising Bertolucci's masterpiece, not for the faint of heart or easily offended. Marvelous acting and direction make of this an exquisite piece of art to enjoy several times. Lust, passion, intoxicating existentialism and experimental filmmaking is today's strong dish, accompanied by a forbidden, Platonic steamy affair.
Well, bugger me......
Last Tango in Paris tells the story of a 45-year-old American man (Marlon Brando) and a 20-year-old French woman (Maria Schneider) who meet by chance and become involved in a sexual relationship. He demands that they reveal nothing about themselves—not even their names. In their "real" lives away from each other, they are confronted with major life changes. He deals with his wife's death, and she becomes engaged to her young boyfriend (Jean-Pierre Léaud). The more difficult their real lives become, the more they need to be together in their secret apartment where they have no name.
The film was considered sexually explicit and vulgar when it was released in 1972. By today's standards, it contains little that will shock…
How do I even begin to talk about this movie? The high I felt after seeing it has not subsided; I still feel as if I were standing on God’s scalp, my arms outstretched, everything a dazed blur, a colorful whirl. I have never had a more ecstatic experience watching a movie in the theater – and while I am on this note, let me express how grateful I am that there are still theaters which show masterpieces like Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Last Tango in Paris.” Because there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that can ever replace the moment when the lights go down and the screen erupts into life, and the world – with all its paradox, confusion, striving, failure –…
This led to my girlfriend and I getting in a surprisingly heated argument about whether Paul and Jeanne's relationship is a consensual one. I had said, before we watched the movie, that it was sexy, and she was pretty disturbed that what I found sexy, she found rape-y. It was a pretty far-reaching argument that was largely about whether an absence of a "no" ever means "yes," whether a sex act that leaves one party in tears can ever be considered consensual, whether a character's likability is even relevant in talking about a movie, and if so, where one draws the line (on this last point, I kind of harped on her continued, inexplicable affection for Walter White). It probably…
This is a guilty viewing. It's captivating in some areas of usual filmmaking, it has dialogue that is always eerie, but "Last Tango in Paris" is also very bizarre, it's tone doesn't quite reach what it should've, it felt jumbled b/c the tone was never what it should have been. It's about a messed up affair, and never quite shoves in the right tone I thought it could have. It really has a mind of it's own. It has some very vibrant shots here and there, but the outfits (even for a 1972 movie) were coarse. This is overall a film of the mind, it'll stay with you b/c of some of the imagery. Some scenes scared me for life.
3.5/5 for now. Watch the film to see why I said what I said in the last sentence...
Maybe, maybe I'll write something later if I ever could. It's the strangest film I've seen.
Well, bugger me......
Simmers, for too long, in the hulking macho aggression of an old guy (actually oafishness?) vs. the petite cuteness of a young girl (actually inauthentic weakness?). By the time it begins to conclusively approach other, more interesting questions -- exhibitionism, surveillance, labeling, duty, abuse -- there's too much sour and rancid already.
I watched the first hour or so of this a few months ago but just wasn’t in the damn mood for it. Finally gave it another chance and I’m glad I did. Beautiful and ugly in almost equal measure.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
BUTTER! GET THE BUTTER! Brando knocks it out of the park while knocking it into this lady for 2 emotionless hours.
I didn't come into this expecting any more than some ridiculous lines out of Brando. I'm going to have to stew on it a bit before I know what I think about it.
One of the things that I took away immediately was the satisfaction of finding out where those two samples from Marilyn Manson's first album came from ("Cake and Sodomy" and "Dogma," from Portrait of an American Family).
Bernardo Bertolucci's raw and atmospheric work about sex and death.
How else can you describe a human being who after suffering such a tragic loss in his life acts nonchalantly and acts as if nothing happened..Sex is used a tool to express all those sadist feelings he had repressed for so long...liberating,the most erotically powerful movie ever made and of course
THE GREATEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN THE HISTORY OF CINEMA...PERIOD.
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