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Last Tango in Paris (1972) More at IMDbPro »Ultimo tango a Parigi (original title)

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Last Tango in Paris -- A young Parisian woman begins a sordid affair with a middled-aged American businessman whom lays out ground rules that their clandestine relationship will be based only on sex.
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Release Date:
7 February 1973 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marlon Brando ... Paul

Maria Schneider ... Jeanne
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)

Catherine Breillat ... Mouchette
Dan Diament ... TV Sound Engineer / L'ingénieur du son
Catherine Sola ... TV Script Girl / La script-girl
Mauro Marchetti ... TV Cameraman / Le cameraman

Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Tom - un cinéaste, le fiancé de Jeanne (as Jean-Pierre Leaud)

Massimo Girotti ... Marcel
Peter Schommer ... TV Assistant Cameraman / L'assistant-opérateur
Veronica Lazar ... Rosa
Rachel Kesterber ... Christine
Ramón Mendizábal ... Tango Orchestra Leader / Le chanteur de l'orchestre de tango
Mimi Pinson ... President of Tango Jury / Le président du concours de tango
Darling Légitimus ... La concierge
Gérard Lepennec ... Un déménageur
Stéphan Koziak ... Un déménageur
Armand Abplanalp ... Prostitute's Client / Le client de la prostituée
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laura Betti ... Miss Blandish (scenes deleted)
Jean-Luc Bideau ... Le capitaine de la péniche (scenes deleted)
Michel Delahaye ... Bible Salesman / Le vendeur de bibles (scenes deleted)
Gianni Pulone ... Man on street (scenes deleted)
Franca Sciutto ... Woman on street (scenes deleted)
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Directed by
Bernardo Bertolucci 
 
Writing credits
Bernardo Bertolucci (story)

Bernardo Bertolucci (screenplay) and
Franco Arcalli (screenplay)

Agnès Varda (adaptation: French dialogue) (as Agnes Varda)

Jean-Louis Trintignant  dialogue collaborator

Produced by
Alberto Grimaldi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Gato Barbieri (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Vittorio Storaro (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Franco Arcalli 
Roberto Perpignani 
 
Production Design by
Philippe Turlure 
 
Set Decoration by
Philippe Turlure 
 
Costume Design by
Gitt Magrini 
 
Makeup Department
Maud Begon .... makeup artist
Iole Cecchini .... hairdressing (as Jole Cecchini)
Phil Rhodes .... makeup artist (as Philip Rhodes)
 
Production Management
Gérard Crosnier .... production manager: France (as Gerard Crosnier)
Mario Di Biase .... production manager
Enzo Ocone .... post-production supervisor
Francis Peltier .... assistant production manager
Enzo Provenzale .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Franco Arcalli .... third assistant director
Jean-David Lefebvre .... second assistant director (as Jean David Lefebvre)
Fernand Moszkowicz .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Maria Paola Maino .... set designer
Maria Paola Maino .... set dresser
Albert Rajau .... assistant set designer
Ferdinando Scarfiotti .... supervising set designer
Philippe Turlure .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Fausto Ancillai .... sound mixer: English version
Luciano Anzellotti .... sound effects (as Luciano Anzelotti)
Massimo Anzellotti .... sound effects editor
Michael Billingsley .... sound editor
Antoine Bonfanti .... sound engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Luigi Bernardini .... assistant cameraman
Luciano Galli .... gaffer
Alfredo Marchetti .... key grip
Mauro Marchetti .... assistant cameraman
Alberico Novelli .... electrician
Angelo Novi .... still photographer
Enrico Umetelli .... cameraman
 
Editorial Department
Gabriella Cristiani .... assistant editor
Ernesto Novelli .... printing supervisor
Elvio Sordoni .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Gato Barbieri .... performer: saxophone solo
Oliver Nelson .... conductor
Oliver Nelson .... music arranger
 
Other crew
Suzanne Durrenberger .... script supervisor (as Suzanne Durremberger)
Maurizio Forti .... production accountant
Alberto Grimaldi .... presenter
José Lichtig .... production accountant (as Jose Lichtig)
Ginette Mejinsky .... production secretary
Christian Ferry .... development (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Francis Bacon .... acknowledgment: titles background made with the kind permission of (as Mr. Francis Bacon)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ultimo tango a Parigi" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexual content (re-rating) (1997)
Runtime:
136 min | Australia:129 min | USA:127 min (R-rated version) | USA:129 min (NC-17 version) | Italy:250 min (original cut) | Spain:124 min (DVD edition) | Norway:129 min | Taiwan:127 min (Golden Horse Fantastic Film Festival)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Brazil:14 | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-18 | France:-16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2000) (uncut) | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 (original rating) (cut) | Italy:VM14 (cut version) (1988) | Italy:VM18 (re-rating) (1987) (uncut) | Italy:(Banned) (1972-1987) | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | New Zealand:(Banned) (original rating) | New Zealand:R18 (re-rating) | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 | Portugal:(Banned) (1973-1974) | Singapore:(Banned) | South Korea:(Banned) (original rating) | South Korea:18 (re-rating) (1996) (uncut) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (video rating) (1988) (uncut) | USA:R (cut version: 1981) | USA:X (original rating: 1973) | USA:NC-17 (re-rating) (1997) | USA:X (re-rating) (1982) | West Germany:18 (original rating) (cut)
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Trivia:
While filming, Bernardo Bertolucci tried to explain the point of the film to Marlon Brando, suggesting that his character was Bertolucci's "manhood" and that Maria Schneider's character was his "dream girl". Brando later maintained that he had absolutely no idea of what Bertolucci was suggesting or even talking about.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The bottle of "bourbon" is actually Jack Daniels' Tennessee whiskey. Since the Daniels distillery is not in the Bourbon region of Kentucky that whiskey cannot be called "bourbon" according to US law.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Paul:[with his hands over his ears at the overwhelming sound of a passing train] Fucking GOD!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Oxalá (1981)See more »
Soundtrack:
Last Tango in ParisSee more »

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175 out of 224 people found the following review useful.
There are those who see ..., 24 June 2003
Author: hadleya from Saint Louis, MO

Okay, so I am not supposed to say anything about other user's comments, but I should mention that reading those comments is what lead me to write this...I don't know if this is an enjoyable movie experience, but it is nonetheless a triumph of cinema.

This film has very little to do with sex. It also has very little to do with the tango, and we might want to add it has little to do with Paris. Someone once told me this movie is about an American businessman. Out of curiosity, are all American's traveling in Europe businessmen? I think not. First of all, he was a boxer, a bongo player, he married a wealthy woman, but nowhere did I see this man as working for some corporation. This man had little money, and he didn't need a 'serious' career.

This film is about abuse; a parable about the overly masculine father who sexually abuses his own son; a child abused by his alcoholic parents; a widower who is abused by his animalistic but deadly honest wife. This movie is about a religious zealot for a mother-in-law in constant denial who shows more interest in her daughter's corpse than in her life. This movie is about an idealistic no-longer teenager who perhaps finds true love the only time in her life, but pays a terrible price. It is as though she has bitten from the forbidden fruit and found that love is an illusion.

To say Brando is superb misses the point. I simply know no other actor that could have pulled this off. His facial expressions are uncanny. It is a most fitting bookend to Street Car Named Desire. One simply cannot deny the final elevator scene. But unlike Streetcar, Brando portrays a vivid understanding of the sensitivity towards women and towards human existence that few men are capable of grasping, and few women could probably appreciate. Brando is himself. But Brando is himself because he understands his character, not because he plays himself.

This movie is an existential parody of the nature of society. It is a bitter reflection of human frailty and vanity. It is a tragedy of a man who has actually found a way to transcend his own suffering, who has somehow managed to cut through the illusions that all of us carry day-to-day. But with that knowledge, he finds himself utterly alone (as so many users here seem testament.)

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