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Last Tango in Paris
     

Last Tango in Paris

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Director: Bernardo Bertolucci,

Cast: Bernardo Bertolucci, Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, Maria Michi

 

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With its frank depiction of sexuality and its emotional complexity, Bernardo Bertolucci's controversial Last Tango in Paris managed to create a substantial stir during its initial theatrical release. Hailed by some influential critics and derided by others, the film comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect

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With its frank depiction of sexuality and its emotional complexity, Bernardo Bertolucci's controversial Last Tango in Paris managed to create a substantial stir during its initial theatrical release. Hailed by some influential critics and derided by others, the film comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. Bertolucci's visual brilliance shines through on this fine-looking disc. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Aside from the film's original theatrical trailer, an eight-page booklet is the only other bonus feature. The text offers some background on the reaction to the film, a passage on the brilliance of lead actor Marlon Brando, and a few paragraphs on the effect the film has had on future filmmakers who are trying to push the boundaries of how sex can be displayed onscreen. This is a solid release from MGM/UA.

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All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Ironically, the film that heralded the arrival of a mainstream adult cinema, with its frank and often brutal depiction of impersonal (and often nearly fully clothed) sex, was actually one of the last films to give such raw and uncompromising treatment to the subject matter. Last Tango in Paris certainly ranks among Marlon Brando's greatest acting achievements (he improvised a significant portion of his part), as he makes us care about his distraught, damaged, misogynistic character. Director Bernardo Bertolucci's favorite cameraman, Vittorio Storaro, provides cadaverous color that moves through a half-lit space as evocatively as it travels through the character's emotions. The characters of Paul and Jeanne (Maria Schneider, in an often overlooked but remarkably vulnerable performance) spend the film enveloped in a sexual cocoon, engaging in animalistic acts of passion in order to escape or ignore their lives on the "outside." Such subject matter has rarely (if ever) been treated with such emotional and intellectual seriousness; while one may question the film's conclusions (Paul's declaration of love leads to his death), it is an inescapably bold film, untempered by a fear of public disgust or outrage -- much of which it in fact received at the time, despite (and partly because of) the equally strong favorable views of such critics as Pauline Kael, who called it "a landmark in movie history" comparable to Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring in music.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/1998
UPC:
0027616657022
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
NC-17
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
2:09:00
Sales rank:
8,563

Special Features

Uncut, uncensored version; Eight-page booklet featuring trivia, production notes, and a revealing look at the making of the film; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marlon Brando Paul
Maria Schneider Jeanne
Maria Michi Rose's Mother
Jean-Pierre Léaud Tom
Massimo Girotti Marcel
Catherine Allegret Catherine
Michel Delahaye Bible Salesman
Gitt Magrini Jeanne's mother
Giovanna Galletti Prostitute
Veronica Lazar Rosa
Dan Diament TV Sound Engineer
Catherine Breillat Mouchette
Laura Betti Miss Blandish
Darling Legitimus Concierge
Catherine Sola TV Script Girl
Mauro Marchetti TV Cameraman
Marie-Helene Breillat Monique
Jean-Luc Bideau Barge Captain
Peter Schommer TV Assistant Cameraman

Technical Credits
Bernardo Bertolucci Director,Screenwriter
Franco Arcalli Editor,Screenwriter
Gato Barbieri Score Composer
Antoine Bonfanti Sound/Sound Designer
Alberto Grimaldi Producer
Gitt Magrini Costumes/Costume Designer
Dory Previn Score Composer
Ferdinando Scarfiotti Production Designer
Vittorio Storaro Cinematographer

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Titles [2:56]
2. Paul's Agony [3:26]
3. The Concierge [1:43]
4. Chance Meeting [5:40]
5. Anonymous Passion [4:01]
6. "Portrait Of A Girl" [1:33]
7. Bloody Aftermath [4:03]
8. Moving In [2:13]
9. No Names [1:42]
10. Rosa's Mother [7:10]
11. Tender Refuge [3:07]
12. Reel Life [7:10]
13. Paul's Past [6:08]
14. Red Riding Hood [1:39]
15. Like A Child Again [6:08]
16. Lights Out [3:08]
17. Self-Disclosure [3:11]
18. Rosa's Lover [3:24]
19. Holy Family [5:52]
20. Jeanne At Home [7:51]
21. The Wedding Dress [1:53]
22. Over The Treshold [4:05]
23. "I'm In Love" [2:55]
24. Command Performance [3:19]
25. Paul's Eulogy [1:35]
26. Jeanne Breaks Down [9:07]
27. Tom's Visit [2:30]
28. "It's Over" [3:55]
29. Two To Tango [6:35]
30. Chasing Love [4:10]
31. "The Title Shot" [3:00]
32. The End [3:48]

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Last Tango in Paris 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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For a movie of its time it was definitely revolutionary but I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be. Brando naturally steals the movie with his powerhouse performance but I found the movie much too frivolous with so little character development.