Before The Revolution (1964)

BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

Original title:  Prima Della Rivoluzione

Italy, 1964.  Cineriz, Iride Cinematografica.  Story and Screenplay by Bernardo Bertolucci, collaboration with .  Cinematography by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

A teenage boy is growing into his twenties and looking for a cause to fulfill his burgeoning ideology. He decides to flirt with communism, despite the fact that he has no intention of leaving the comforts of bourgeois life behind. Further complicating things, his favourite aunt has just come for a visit and he finds himself irresistibly attracted to her. The two start a very dangerous affair that provides for some ample growing-up opportunities on his part. Bernardo Bertolucci made this film when he was only 22 years old, and though it features a taboo, risque storyline, its visuals are ripped right out of Antonioni’s L’Avventura.

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