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Last Tango in Paris (1972)

France, Italy 128m, Colour
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci; Cast: Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, Jean-Pierre Léaud

Last_Tango_in_ParisLast Tango in Paris is a tragic story of love and obsession as played out in an anonymous sexually explicit relationship between a grieving American widower and an otherwise engaged young Parisian woman and her physically abusive fiancée. Widely censored and the subject of considerable controversy, Last Tango in Paris manipulates the bleak, raw and sexually charged emotions of its characters in ways which are lustful, erotic and realistically frightening. As an American in Paris, Brando’s improvisation as a coarse and callous lover bathed in self-pity is as often uncomfortable to watch as are Schneider’s naked emotions as a young actress whose character’s lust is complicit in feeding her own destructive relationships (Klaus Ming November 2013).

2 comments on “Last Tango in Paris (1972)

  1. SJHoneywell

    You were kinder to this than I was. Boy, did I hate this film.

    • Klaus

      I initially had a lot of difficulty watching this one. I lost count of the number of times a started and gave up on it. When I finally forced myself this weekend to sit through the entire film – I was still a little bored by it all, but wondered what was in the original 250 minute cut of the film? – Probably something that made a lot more sense that what was released in the 128 minute cut.

      In the end, i was taken by Brando’s performance – and what a loathsome character he had created.

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