Last Tango in Paris

D: Bernardo Bertolucci
United Artists/PEA/Les Artistes Associés (Alberto Grimaldi)
France/Italy 1972 (released 1973)
129 mins


W: Bernardo Bertolucci, Franco Arcalli & Agnes Varda
DP: Vittorio Storaro
Ed: Franco Arcalli
Mus: Gato Barbieri
PD: Fernando Scarfiotti

Marlon Brando (Paul), Maria Schneider (Jeanne), Jean-Pierre Léaud (Thomas), Massimo Girotti (Marcel)

Marlon Brando reinvents usage for butter in this pretentious sex melodrama about a doomed love affair between a middle-aged man and a young Parisian girl.
The film is mostly noted for his controversy at the time of its original release, and even more so now due to a certain scene being improvised without the lead actress's knowledge or consent, though director Bertolucci did choose to tell the more risqué moments by suggestion, rather than using nudity or material bordering pornography, it's a film which sticks in the craw and makes for uncomfortable viewing much the same way Gaspar Noé's Irreversible does.
Brando was nominated for an Oscar for daring to look fat & old.

Marlon Brando & Maria Schneider in Last Tango in Paris
Marlon Brando & Maria Schneider in Last Tango in Paris