1972, October 14 – PREMIERE “LAST TANGO IN PARIS”

Film – Time Magazine wrote, “Any moviegoers who are not shocked, titillated, disgusted, fascinated, delighted or angered by this early scene in Bernardo Bertolucci’s new movie, Last Tango in Paris, should be patient” …the film portrays a recent American widower who takes up an anonymous sexual relationship with a young, soon-to-be-married Parisian woman….The film’s raw portrayal of sexual violence and emotional turmoil led to international controversy…in Italy, the supreme court ordered that all copies of the film be burned and Bertolucci was put on trial for obscenity

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The idea for the film, grew from Bernardo Bertolucci’s sexual fantasies, stating “I once dreamt of seeing a beautiful nameless woman on the street and having sex with her without ever knowing who she was”….Maria Schneider, who plays the young girl, was to say many years later that making the film was her life’s only regret, that it had ruined her life...”I felt humiliated and to be honest, I felt a little raped both by Marlon and by Bertolucci”…..Marlon Brando received an Academy Award nomination for best actor and Bernardo Bertolucci was nominated for best director.

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