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      Last Tango in Paris

      NC-17 Released Oct 14, 1972 2h 10m Drama List
      82% Tomatometer 44 Reviews 75% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings Distraught following his wife's suicide, American hotelier Paul (Marlon Brando) becomes transfixed by the beautiful younger Frenchwoman Jeanne (Maria Schneider) when he meets her by chance at an apartment both are attempting to rent. The couple begin an extended but purely anonymous sexual relationship in which they do not even tell each other their names, but it soon becomes clear that the couple's deliberate level of disassociation cannot continue. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Naturalistic but evocative, Last Tango in Paris is a vivid exploration of pain, love, and sex featuring a typically towering Marlon Brando performance.

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      Pauline Kael New Yorker When Brando improvises within Bertolucci's structure, his full art is realized; his performance is intuitive, rapt, princely. Working with Brando, Bertolucci achieves realism with the terror of actual experience still alive on the screen. Jan 3, 2018 Full Review Helen O'Hara Empire Magazine Brando gives his all but just ends up becoming himself. Interesting for its historical notoriety, but overlong and dull in places. Rated: 3/5 Dec 7, 2007 Full Review Variety Staff Variety An uneven, convoluted, certainly dispute-provoking study of sexual passion in which Marlon Brando gives a truly remarkable performance. Dec 7, 2007 Full Review Yasser Medina Cinefilia It has some visual notes that are complemented by a strong performance by Marlon Brando, but his essay on passion and the dilemmas of couple relationships often remain imprisoned in the walls of superficiality. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 6/10 Apr 4, 2024 Full Review Tim Dirks Filmsite Director Bernardo Bertolucci's landmark and controversial erotic film - an arthouse film, told about the development of a destructive relationship, as it followed a distraught, confused, grieving widower and middle-aged American exile named Paul Nov 9, 2023 Full Review Sean Axmaker Stream on Demand Marlon Brando, at the height of his fame and his talent, delivers a raw, emotionally naked performance as the 45-year-old American widower ... Sep 22, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Shioka O A controversial film by Bertolucci in 1972. Brando at the peak of his career, and his performance looks terrifyingly realistic and improvised. Beautiful cinematography by Storaro as always. Story is mediocre but still worth watching. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 06/09/24 Full Review Rami A Though it occasionally tries not to be, the film is incredibly humorous despite being a very sad film. Marlon Brando gives a truly remarkable performance here. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/27/23 Full Review Leaburn O I don't think I have any idea what this was about or why I should like it….but I did like it and found Brandio and Schneider captivating and ridiculous simultaneously. Bought this one on DVD a long time ago and finally watched it. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 09/26/23 Full Review Brent A 10% rating ... I had troubles watching this. The romance was borderline creepy because Marlon Brando's character seemed very manipulative. A little off-putting in my opinion that made him an unlikeable character. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 08/04/23 Full Review Thomas V LTIP doesn't age well, and it exemplifies the problems I have with Bertolucci. Visually it is well made with great cinematography and camera movement, and the set pieces are beautiful. Brandon and Schneider give raw, unbridled performances, especially Brando. But it is muddled and overlong, and here in 2023 and knowing that this film and the director's behavior toward Schneider make it repulsive. I can't discount my knowledge of how this film ruined poor Maria's life and scarred her when still just a kid. This film, as is 1900, is abusive to its female characters and actors, and the sex and full nudity are often excessive and gratuitous. This is not because I'm prudish, but because I don't think his more egregious depictions were necessary to move the story forward, and they may have harmed the actors because of the director's actions. Film buffs should probably still see it, but it is distasteful IMO. One thing of note is that Bertolucci's treatment of Schneider is unwittingly referenced in the film through her scenes with her drippy director fiance, who uses her much as Bertolucci did IRL. This adds another layer, but doesn't make it easier to watch. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Half a star is too much. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 05/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Distraught following his wife's suicide, American hotelier Paul (Marlon Brando) becomes transfixed by the beautiful younger Frenchwoman Jeanne (Maria Schneider) when he meets her by chance at an apartment both are attempting to rent. The couple begin an extended but purely anonymous sexual relationship in which they do not even tell each other their names, but it soon becomes clear that the couple's deliberate level of disassociation cannot continue.
      Director
      Bernardo Bertolucci
      Producer
      Alberto Grimaldi
      Screenwriter
      Bernardo Bertolucci, Bernardo Bertolucci, Franco Arcalli, Agnès Varda, Franco Arcalli, Bernardo Bertolucci
      Distributor
      MGM Home Entertainment, United Artists
      Rating
      NC-17
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      French (France)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 14, 1972, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 29, 2012
      Runtime
      2h 10m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
      Aspect Ratio
      35mm
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