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Partner -- 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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25 October 1968 (Italy) See more »
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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, | Add synopsis »
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Bernardo Bertolucci to head Venice Jury
 (From DearCinema.com. 9 May 2013, 5:02 AM, PDT)

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A fascinating evocation of the times See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Pierre Clémenti ... Giacobbe I and II
Tina Aumont ... Salesgirl
Sergio Tofano ... Professor Petrushka
Giulio Cesare Castello ... Professor Mozzoni
Romano Costa ... Clara's father
Antonio Maestri ... Professor 'Tre Zampe'
Mario Venturini ... Professor
Alessandro Cane ... Student
Gianpaolo Capovilla ... Student (as Gian Paolo Capovilla)

Ninetto Davoli ... Student
Vittorio Fanfoni ... Student
Luigi Antonio Guerra ... Student (as Luigi Guerra)
Giuseppe Mangano ... Student
Giancarlo Nanni ... Student
Stefano Oppedisano ... Student
Salvatore Samperi ... Student
Umberto Silva ... Student

Stefania Sandrelli ... Clara
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rosemary Dexter
Gian Vittorio Baldi ... Detectiv superintendant (uncredited)
Rochelle Barbieri ... Student (uncredited)
Sandro Bernadone ... Student (uncredited)

Jed Curtis ... Traveler (uncredited)
David Grieco ... Student (uncredited)
Nicole Laguigner ... Student (uncredited)
Jean Robert Marquis ... Student (uncredited)
John Ohettplace ... Pianist (uncredited)
Sibilla Sedat ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Bernardo Bertolucci 
 
Writing credits
Bernardo Bertolucci (story and screenplay) &
Gianni Amico (story and screenplay)

Fyodor Dostoevsky  novel "The Double" (uncredited)

Produced by
Giovanni Bertolucci .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Ugo Piccone 
 
Film Editing by
Roberto Perpignani 
 
Production Design by
Francesco Tullio Altan 
 
Costume Design by
Nicoletta Sivieri 
 
Makeup Department
Marcella De Marsi .... hair stylist
Lamberto Marini .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gianluigi Calderone .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Manlio Magara .... sound
Giorgio Minoprio .... boom operator
Romano Pampaloni .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Giorgio Aureli .... assistant camera
Saverio Diamante .... camera operator (as Saverio Diamanti)
Marilù Parolini .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Maurizio Mangosi .... assistant editor
Giancarlo Venarucci .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Bruno Nicolai .... conductor
 
Other crew
Fabio Garriba .... continuity (as Fabio Garribba)
Marcello Papaleo .... assistant unit manager
Aldo U. Passalacqua .... unit manager
Pietro Sassaroli .... cashier
Attilio Viti .... production secretary
 

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Also Known As:
"Partner." - Italy (original title)
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105 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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5 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A fascinating evocation of the times, 20 February 2004
Author: Jon Hopwood (jonchopwood@yahoo.com) from The Waste Land

This rather ludicrous exchange takes place at the end of David Lean's adaptation of Boris Pasternak's epic novel DR. ZHIVAGO:

Gen. Yevgraf Zhivago: Tonya, can you play the balalaika?

Tonya's Boyfriend: Can she play? She's an artist!

This dialogue, as well as the scene within the framing device of Yuri Zhivago's brother Yevgraf finding Yuri's love child with Lara and telling her about her "past," appears nowhere in the novel. Instead, in an epilogue in the novel, two of the many characters, after the end of the Great Patriotic War (World War II), talk about how one had met this love child at the front. Their ruminations illustrate the great dislocations caused by the Revolution, Stalin's Terror, and the War. Nowhere does something as silly and trivial as the question "Can you play the balalaika?" appear in the novel.

Movies that use great events as backdrops to personal stories tend to trivialize the great events and make the intimate lives of their characters rather absurd and trivial (ironically, the very charge Strelnikov makes to Zhivago, in reference to his poetry, in Lean's movie). Great events such as revolutions wash over everyone and have to be handled with the greatest care to avoid this fundamental absurdity of the events being greater than the individuals.

Before "The Dreamers," Bertolucci already made his film that ruminates on the events of '68 and its aftermath in the year itself:

"Partner" ("Il Sosia"), based on Dostoyevsky's "The Double." It is very interesting, and very honest, look at the spirit of the times and I highly recommend it.

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