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Last Tango in Paris (1972)

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Original title: Ultimo tango a Parigi

Release Date
Dec 15, 1972 (Italy) Feb 1, 1973 (USA)
DVD Release Date
• R1: Nov 3, 1998
• R2: 24 Apr 2000

Budget USD 1,250,000

MPAA Rating
Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexual content.

Running Time
2 hours, 16 minutes

Country Italy, France

Studio Franco London Films, P.E.A. Films, United Artists

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Other Titles
• Last Tango in Paris (1972)
• Ultimo tango a Parigi
• Der Letzte Tango in Paris (1973)
• L'ultimo tango a Parigi

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Genre: Romance, Drama, Erotic, Disturbing, Racy, Psychodrama, Infidelity, Prostitution, Tragedy, Black Comedy, Murder, Cult Classic, Love

Plot: Originally famed for its sexual frankness, Bernardo Bertolucci’s LAST TANGO IN PARIS has endured because of its sophisticated storytelling and the fine performances of its principals. Marlon Brando weaved details from his own life into the character of Paul, the world-hopping American who had finally settled into a marriage and proprietorship of a fleabag hotel in Paris. His wife’s suicide sends him into an existential tailspin, however, and he winds up wandering through an apartment up for rent. Enter Jeanne (Maria Schneider), a lovely Parisian girl (she’s 20 to Paul’s 45) also viewing the apartment. The two find themselves making love and strike up a strange affair, carried on without names, in the apartment where they meet. Paul wants to forget his wife, and Jeanne is overwhelmed by her fiancé (Jean-Pierre Leaud, in a somewhat Bertolucci-satirizing role), a filmmaker who wants her to be his subject and inspiration. No taboo is out-of-bounds in their relationship, but confrontation comes when Paul breaks the spell of impersonality. Brando’s monologue beside his dead wife has sent many a film student into a paroxysm of pleasure.

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 Directed by
Bernardo Bertolucci
The Last Emperor, The Dreamers, Stealing Beauty
 Written by
Bernardo Bertolucci
Once Upon a Time in the West, The Last Emperor, The Dreamers
Marlon Brando
The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, The Score
Catherine Breillat
Anatomie de l'enfer, A Housekeeper, Dracula and Son
Maria Schneider
Profession: reporter, Nuits fauves, Les, Repentie, La
Maria Michi
Rome, Open City, Paisà, Salon Kitty
Giovanna Galletti
Rome, Open City, The Big Red One, Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell
Gitt Magrini
Notte, La, Enfant sauvage, L'
Luce Marquand
Une journée bien remplie
 Music By
Gato Barbieri
Calle 54

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