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Last Tango in Paris (1972)
"Ultimo tango a Parigi" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  7 February 1973 (USA)
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A young Parisian woman begins a sordid affair with a middle-aged American businessman who lays out ground rules that their clandestine relationship will be based only on sex.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Maria Michi ...
Rosa's Mother / La mère de Rosa
Giovanna Galletti ...
Prostitute / La prostituée
Gitt Magrini ...
Jeanne's Mother / La mère de Jeanne
Catherine Allégret ...
Catherine (as Catherine Allegret)
Luce Marquand ...
Olympia
Marie-Hélène Breillat ...
Monique (as Marie-Helene Breillat)
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Mouchette
Dan Diament ...
TV Sound Engineer / L'ingénieur du son
Catherine Sola ...
TV Script Girl / La script-girl
Mauro Marchetti ...
TV Cameraman / Le cameraman
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Tom - un cinéaste, le fiancé de Jeanne (as Jean-Pierre Leaud)
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Marcel
Peter Schommer ...
TV Assistant Cameraman / L'assistant-opérateur
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Storyline

While looking for an apartment, Jeanne, a beautiful young Parisienne, encounters Paul, a mysterious American expatriate mourning his wife's recent suicide. Instantly drawn to each other, they have a stormy, passionate affair, in which they do not reveal their names to each other. Their relationship deeply affects their lives, as Paul struggles with his wife's death and Jeanne prepares to marry her fiance, Tom, a film director making a cinema-verite documentary about her. Written by Erich Schneider <erich@bush.cs.tamu.edu>

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Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

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7 February 1973 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,250,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 2,704,423 (Sweden)
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When Marlon Brando was asked what the movie was about during his 1979 Playboy Magazine interview, he responded, "Bernardo Bertolucci's analysis." See more »

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When Paul and Jeanne are at the sinks together, she says, "I prefer to be a whore." Her lips do not move during that line. See more »

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[first lines]
Paul: [with his hands over his ears at the overwhelming sound of a passing train] Fucking GOD!
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The Last Tango In Paris Suite
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possibly the best performance of Brando's career
6 January 2000 | by (roanoke va) – See all my reviews

the original X-rated version (just recently rerated NC-17) is possibly my favorite tragic romance that i've ever seen. Marlon Brando delivers a fierce impassioned performance that has yet to be equaled by himself or any other actor. surprisingly, the much debated sex scenes (did they really do it?) aren't really explicit from a nudity aspect (not much is shown.) but what they DON'T show makes the scenes that much more erotic and realistic.

my only complaints is the the last third is a little too drawn out and the ending could have been constructed better, but those are moot points.

any fanatic of classic cinema should have this film in their collections. and anyone that wants to see how to make a great tragically romantic film should view this one repeatedly.


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