Bernardo Bertolucci, along with co-scenarist Gianni Amico, used Dostoievski's 1846, pre-imprisonment novella The Double: A Petersburg Poem, which they moved to Italy and updated to the pro-Vietcong student-protest present,
Athos Magnani, a young researcher, returns to Tara, where his father was killed before his birth, at the request of Draifa. The father, also named Athos Magnani and looking exactly like the... See full summary »
The study of a youth on the edge of adulthood and his aunt, ten years older. Fabrizio is passionate, idealistic, influenced by Cesare, a teacher and Marxist, engaged to the lovely but ... See full summary »
Five short stories with contemporary settings. In New York, people are indifferent to derelicts sleeping on sidewalks, to a woman's assault in front of an apartment building, and to a ... See full summary »
The son of the owner of a large Italian cheese factory is kidnapped, but as the factory is on the verge of bankruptcy the owner hatches a plan to use the ransom money as reinvestment in the... See full summary »
Near the Tiber river, in a Roman park, a prostitute was killed. The police tracks down people that were inside the park during that night. They are questioned and have to explain why they ... See full summary »
Giancarlo De Rosa,
Lama Norbu comes to Seattle in search of the reincarnation of his dead teacher, Lama Dorje. His search leads him to young Jesse Conrad, Raju, a waif from Kathmandu, and an upper class ... See full summary »
Collection of short films the summaries of which include; a foreign man moving to Italy, getting married and having a child; a four split scene short involving plot-less images of old ... See full summary »
I love his films so I went to see this at a Bertolucci expo in Rome. The university professor who gave a talk before the film said this was made when Bertolucci was just starting and had hit a low point due to his first film not being well accepted in Italy. So, he went to work for the national oil/gas company where his father also worked publishing a magazine. It's a documentary on the oil business sponsored by an oil company, how hard hitting can it be?
So what you get is 2 hours of Bertolucci asking oil workers 'so, what do you do? Oh really? and what part of Italy are you from?'
'How's it going in Iran? Yeah its hot'
Then you get to see how they pull the ship into port and follow the pipeline to Bavaria. Incredibly entertaining stuff.
I would never say don't watch it, but I suffered through it.
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