<i>Last Tango in Paris.</i> 1972. France/Italy. Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Last Tango in Paris

    1972. France/Italy. Bernardo Bertolucci. 136 min.

Thursday, December 30, 2010, 6:30 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • Last Tango in Paris

    1972. France/Italy. Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. With Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, Maria Michi. Vast, empty rooms mirror the insular life of Paul, a middle-aged American hotel owner mourning his wife’s recent suicide. Paul shuts out the world beyond the doors of his unfurnished apartment, and attempts to smother the emptiness that engulfs him—a desperate blankness that is brilliantly evoked by Vittorio Storaro’s cinematography—by taking up an anonymous sexual relationship with Jeanne, a young, hapless Parisienne. Their brutal sexual encounters seem meaningless at first, but Paul’s emotional need and desperation soon rise to the surface. A memorable score by Argentine saxophonist Gato Barbieri punctuates starkly erotic scenes that have lost none of their effect since the film’s controversial debut. In English, French; English subtitles. 136 min.

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