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Last Tango in Paris
Bernardo Bertolucci's Landmark Film
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.
Gives a whole new definition to the phrase 'to butter someone up'
Guess philosophical porn just ain't my thing.
Last Tango in Paris, the infamous psychosexual drama from Bernardo Bertolucci, upset conservatives in 1972 when it came out but is tame by today's standards.
Marlon Brando rents a small apartment and begins an anonymous affair with a much younger Parisian woman (Maria Schneider). His wife's recent suicide has led him to conclude his marriage was a sham built on falsehoods. Determined to separate sex from intimacy (or truth from illusion), Brando insists on total anonymity, which intensifies their liaison and allows them to harbour an idealised notion of one another.
Tango includes two principle sex scenes that are shocking only in terms of Brando's outward aggression toward Schneider (the camera pays much attention to her smooth legs, lolling breasts…
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.
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…
Well, bugger me......
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 –…
CITY OF... LOVE?
An intimate look at romantic obsession and the inability for people to connect, Last Tango In Paris seems to paint a fully realized image of star-crossed broken people attempting to form a genuine bond-- the only issue, in that intimate, fully-realized affair, is that often the conversation can swing wildly from thoughtful and philosophical to meandering small-talk that feels like it's wasting the viewer's time. Despite that, the film seems like it was created by a crew of people utterly devoted to what they were doing, and this comes across in the fantastic acting by all involved-- though obviously a tremendous shame to hear about the controversy surrounding Maria Schneider's involvement in the film.
Overall, it was…
Too slow and artsy for my taste
Bertolucci is a sick f*ck.
Pass the butter, please.
Though most famous for all the sex and butter, what I was most drawn to with this film was the production design. Usually design has to be really ostentatious to get the average viewer’s attention. It has to be some sort of story-book, alternate world like in a Wes Anderson film or set in an alien/future world like Blade Runner. But when you really get down to it, all films are designed. Someone has to pick this location rather than that location because this location helps to better tell the story.
With its brown tones and dirty walls, this film epitomizes what we who did not live through the 70’s imagine that they looked like. But this film is not…
Life is tough and movies ain't much better.
Lost in the shuffle of Marlon Brando's stellar performance in The Godfather, his work in Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris should certainly not be overlooked. Indeed, I consider it to be a better performance than the one he famously won an Oscar for the year prior (Last Tango didn't receive a qualifying release until a year after it was made, in 1973), even if the film that surrounds the sensual performance isn't as good as the performance itself.
Longwinded though he might be, Bertolucci has always succeeded in creating a stellar atmosphere for his films. From the sensual art design of The Last Emperor to the close knit cinematography of The Dreamers, his director's eye has always been a…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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