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Partner (1968)
"Partner." (original title)

 |  Drama  |  25 October 1968 (Italy)
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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,

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Pierre Clémenti ...
Giacobbe I and II
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Salesgirl
Sergio Tofano ...
Professor Petrushka
Giulio Cesare Castello ...
Professor Mozzoni
Romano Costa ...
Clara's father
Antonio Maestri ...
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Mario Venturini ...
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Alessandro Cane ...
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Gianpaolo Capovilla ...
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Vittorio Fanfoni ...
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Luigi Antonio Guerra ...
Student (as Luigi Guerra)
Giuseppe Mangano ...
Student
Giancarlo Nanni ...
Student
Stefano Oppedisano ...
Student
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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,

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A lot of fun for an experimental, revolutionary tract.
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While the often noticed aping by Bertolucci of his hero Godard in this early film is quite true (even the film itself admits its debt to Godard right on screen), there is more here than mere imitation. Whether intentional or not I saw plenty of other influences from Bunuel, to the paintings if Rene Magritte. A loose, examination of schizophrenia; an inhibited intellectual young man spawns a separate self who is confident, aggressive and revolutionary.

While vaguely based on Dostoyevsky's "The Double", this is very much it's own story, and a hell of a lot of fun. I found Bertolucci's surreal playfulness more inviting than most of Godard's work from that period. It asks many of the same questions, and has much of the same distain for modern consumer society, (and film narrative conventions) but does it with an absurdist sense of humor that give rise to some moments that now seem as much "Monty Python" as they are French New Wave.

The most egregious Godard rip-offs can be annoying (sudden inappropriate music, etc), but they are for the most part mercifully brief. Mostly this is more influence and homage than theft, and creates a time capsule that still has relevance and interest, and pleasure in the watching. Pierre Clementi does a fine job playing the two different versions of the hero Giaccobe.


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