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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
18
Cast
Marlon Brando
Maria Schneider
Jean-Pierre Leaud.
Directors
Bernardo Bertolucci.
Screenwriters
Bernardo Bertolucci
Franco Arcalli
Agnes Varda.
Running Time
129 minutes

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Last Tango In Paris
Buttery Brando gets Bertolicious


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Plot
A young Parisian woman begins a sordid affair with a middled-aged American businessman whom lays out ground rules that their clandestine relationship will be based only on sex.


Review
Probably the last sub-titled film to gain a widespread general release in this country, and enormously disappointing to mid-70s schoolchildren who sneaked in to see some major humping, this is a schizoid art-house picture, with Bertolucci off his Italian home turf paying tribute to all of French cinema, from L'Atalante to the New Wave in his plot about Jean-Pierre Leaud trying to make a movie.

Strong stuff for those who like emotional nerves being scraped, and just about old enough to have a certain nostalgic appeal for those who like to remember when women wore coats with feathery fur collars and Brando still had a waistline.


Verdict
Brando gives his all but just ends up becoming himself. Interesting for it's historical notoriety, but overlong and dull in places.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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Is it just me...

... or is this Bertolucci intellectually w**king about? Call me simple, but I found this tango rather dull, self-indulgent and, frankly, (apart from Brando's performance and Storraro's photography) a waste of time. I did not manage to understand its higher meaning, apart from the fact that anonymous bonking sessions don't work in the long run and that French wannabe-filmmakers are so obnoxiously arty that you want to punch them in the face for minutes without taking a breath. ... More

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