Last Tango in Paris
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci Run Time: 129 min. Format: 35mm Rating: NC17 Language: French and English
Starring: Giovanna Galletti, Maria Michi, Maria Schneider, Marlon Brando
Nitehawk Naughties spends some quality time in an apartment with two sexually involved strangers in LAST TANGO IN PARIS (a 35mm presentation).
THE CLASSIC: LAST TANGO IN PARIS (Un film de BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI)
Bernardo Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris caused controversy upon its initial release in 1972, seeing it banned in numerous countries, receiving an X rating in the United States, and the director going on trial for obscenity in Italy. Despite this, the film received Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Actor. More than forty years later, Last Tango in Paris is iconic; a classic that shows the palpable loneliness of two strangers trying to connect, and feel alive, only through anonymous sexual encounters. Their clandestine meeting occurs when they view the same Parisian apartment that’s for rent. There, Paul (Marlon Brando), an American businessman reeling from the suicide of his wife, convinces Jeanne (Maria Schneider), a young affianced French woman, to embark on a strictly physical relationship in that apartment without knowing each other’s name or life story. Needless to say, it doesn’t end well.