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

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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 »
User Reviews:
Brando's most personal film See more (172 total) »

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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The idea of this movie grew from Bernardo Bertolucci's own sexual fantasies, stating that "he once dreamed of seeing a beautiful nameless woman on the street and having sex with her without ever knowing who she was".See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: In the final scene, as the camera pulls away from the balcony, you can clearly see a crew member and a lighting array reflected in the glass panel of the right balcony door.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:
Soundtrack:
The Last Tango In Paris SuiteSee more »

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89 out of 119 people found the following review useful.
Brando's most personal film, 26 January 2000
Author: DC1977 from United Kingdom

Widely denounced as obscene upon its release and unjustifiably notorious for two of its scenes, Bernardo Bertolucci's 'Last Tango in Paris' is a savage story of lust and sexual debasement.

Marlon Brando delivers a ferocious performance as Paul, a middle-aged American expatriate tormented by his wife, Rosa's recent suicide, her infidelities and his failure to understand their relationship. In meeting a 20 year old girl, Jeanne, played by Maria Schneider, in an empty apartment, Paul hopes to form a relationship purely on his own terms and at his own pace, i.e. one he can understand fully. He insists on a new form of relationship, so basic that even their names were kept secret from each other, where she submitted to his every desire, where he could punish himself and relieve his despair and anger towards his wife by punishing Jeanne. Paul's only other interest is in Marcel (Massimo Girotti), Rosa's lover, for whom he has a curious respect and maybe a desire to obtain through him a better understanding of his own wife.

Despite his overpowering talent, Marlon Brando has often shown poor judgement in his choice of projects and has frequently trudged through films with no apparent effort or interest. In 'Last Tango in Paris' he gives everything and produces a performance of unrivalled force. Unfortunately the obvious improvisation in the film prevents the character of Paul from staying within check as he gradually becomes too much like Marlon Brando in the second half of the film. Nonetheless, when Brando is off-screen the film becomes hollow in comparison and is replaced by Jeanne's relationship with her fiance, an annoyingly pretentious TV director (Jean-Pierre Leaud).

This is a truly unique film and Bertolucci successfully highlights the romance in an affair that is fundamentally destructive. Brando's performance is remarkably powerful and intense, eclipsing every other player and dominating the entire film.

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