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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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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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Runtime:
105 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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5 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Bernie goes Godard - unfortunately, 17 July 2007
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

A terrible example of what happens when a talented director imitates an attention-seeking charlatan, Bertolucci's Partner is forgotten with good reason – his Godardian take on Dostoyevsky's The Double is pretty awful. Like Godard, it's full of slogans and soundbites which don't gain in profundity by being repeated six times or more at varying volumes instead of substance, constantly throwing them at the screen in the hope that something will stick, but he amps up the surrealism with Pierre Clementi's absurd (in the dictionary definition) performance. Whether he's shouting at the screen or fighting with invisible enemies or himself, there's never any danger of him being remotely believable or entertaining so that when he finally does meet his double (who he keeps in a closet) we've already dismissed him as a tiresome attention seeing moron on day release from the local asylum. It's the kind of performance that'll have you yearning for the subtle underplaying of Crispin Glover. He does improve as the film goes along and the characters exchange identities, but he's successfully alienated you from the film by then.

Technically it's impressive, with the shot in-camera effects scenes of the two Clementi's extremely well-timed, Bertolucci even acknowledging the artificiality of the device by having them disappear mid-frame in one memorable moment. There's a little bit more involvement with his theme than you get with Godard – for all the surface 'provocation' (read tiresome and infantile attention seeking) it does acknowledge that the intellectuals it wants to address (and does directly in the end) are incapable of real revolution because they tie themselves up in imaginary intellectual knots rather than act. Just as Easy Rider now plays as a film that puts you off drugs because the characters just act like uncool morons when they're high, this now seems more a parody of self-important radicals proposing ineffectual actions than a document of a real revolution. And there's a nice sendup of Fellini and other Italian directors' use of numbers instead of dialogue when shooting without sound (Bertolucci shot with live sound at a time when most Italian films were shot mute and dubbed later)

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