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When Clerici asks the operator to connect him with Prof. Quadri, the telephone number he gives is the (one-time) telephone number of Bertolucci's idol Jean-Luc Godard. When Quadri answers the phone, Clerici recalls one of his lectures in which Quadri said "The time for reflection is over. Now is the time for action." This is the opening line in Godard's film Le Petit Soldat.
Bertolucci proposed the film adaptation of the novel to Paramount, without ever reading it himself. Within a month, he started the screenplay.
The Latin phrase recited by Clerici on his way to kill the Quadris was "Animula, vagula, blandula, hospes comesque corporis", the first line of a poem attributed to the Roman emperor Hadrian.
Bernardo Bertolucci approached Brigitte Bardot for the role of Anna Quadri before casting Dominique Sanda.
Italian censorship visa # 56307 delivered on 19-6-1970.
The poem recited by Marcello while traveling on train is Gabriele D'Annunzio's "La pioggia nel pineto" (1903).
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Finnish censorship visa # 80147 delivered on 21-10-1971.
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The song played on phonograph record at the end of the movie is "Come l'ombra," which means "Like the Shadow." It is sung by Trio Lescano, a popular singing group of the thirties.
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