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Last Tango in Paris

Last Tango in Paris

1972 (Bernardo Bertolucci) R, 129 minutes

Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider

Jeanne (Schneider), a young Parisian woman engaged to be married, and Paul (Brando), a middle-aged American, whose wife has recently committed suicide, meet by chance in an apartment they are both looking at to rent  and plunge into a relationship of raw sexuality. They leave their names at the door. Brando, nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award, delivers a powerful performance, as a man driven by despair. Controversial at the time, especially for the infamous “butter scene,” it was hailed by Pauline Kael “as the most powerfully erotic movie ever made.”  Three decades later Roger Ebert mused: “isn’t it remarkable that no film since 1972 has been more sexually intimate, revealing, honest and transgressive.”

Katie Emery

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