Last Tango In Paris (Ultimo Tango A Parigi)

BBB

(out of 5)


 plays the American owner of a Parisian flophouse whose wife has just committed suicide and left him in psychological and spiritual trauma. He randomly encounters in a hotel room and the two begin a sexual affair, she spending the rest of her time appearing in a television documentary that her excitable boyfriend (an adorable ) is filming. As is often the case with Brando, his dissatisfaction with the written dialogue led to him improvise many of his scenes, which means lots of long monologues that don’t always hold your interest. He and Schneider do achieve a level of fearless intimacy, however, and the film does a terrific job of creating a barrier-free interior world between the two of them in their shabby hotel room that is completely opposite to the vivacious activity that Schneider indulges in with Leaud. Bertolucci, however, is never interested in more than shallow aestheticism, which means that his delving into the souls of these people is little more than a false pretense for gorgeous photography and fancy editing. That aestheticism is highly impressive, and the film, while not always captivating, is gorgeous and rhythmic, especially in its dynamic finale. The shallow nature of Leaud’s documentary that Bertolucci pokes fun at is actually the more enjoyable half of the movie only because it feels so much more honest.


France/Italy, 1972

Directed by

Story by Bernardo Bertolucci, Screenplay by Bernardo Bertolucci, , French dialogue by , dialogue collaboration

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by Franco Arcalli


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Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor (Marlon Brando as “Paul”)
Best Directing (Bernardo Bertolucci)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Director (Bernardo Bertolucci)

New York Film Critics Award
Best Actor (Marlon Brando)

National Society of Film Critics Award
Best Actor (Marlon Brando)

Nominations
Best Film
Best Actress (Maria Schneider)

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Bernardo Bertolucci)

British Academy Award Nomination
Best Actor (Marlon Brando)


LastTangoInParis

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