December 15, 2010–January 12, 2011
At the age of twenty-one Bernardo Bertolucci debuted his first film, The Grim Reaper (1962), at the Venice Film Festival; he has since gone on to earn every award and accolade to which a filmmaker can aspire. Tirelessly experimenting with form and content, Bertolucci has garnered both critical and popular acclaim; he consistently pushes the boundaries of the medium, yet still creates Oscar-winning epics with mass appeal. What unites his body of work—and imbues his individual films with texture and depth—is the director’s enormous passion and uncanny ability to fuse the lyrical and the dramatic. Watching the films in this series together, one witnesses his development as an artist, from grappling with the influence of cinematic trends and filmmaking icons to developing and refining his own voice, and ultimately becoming an enormously influential auteur who creates films of beauty and consequence.
Bernardo Bertolucci is supported by the Cinema Department of the Italian Ministry of Culture and by eni, a major integrated energy company committed to valuing people, environment, and integrity. Special thanks to Alitalia and the Italian Cultural Institute of New York.