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Before the Revolution (1964)

Prima della rivoluzione (original title)
Following the death of his friend, an Italian youth grows increasingly closer to his young aunt.

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Bernardo Bertolucci (story and screenplay), Gianni Amico (screenplay collaborator)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adriana Asti ... Gina
Francesco Barilli Francesco Barilli ... Fabrizio
Allen Midgette ... Agostino
Morando Morandini Morando Morandini ... Cesare
Cristina Pariset Cristina Pariset ... Clelia
Cecrope Barilli Cecrope Barilli ... Puck
Evelina Alpi Evelina Alpi ... The little girl
Gianni Amico Gianni Amico ... A friend
Goliardo Padova Goliardo Padova ... The painter
Guido Fanti Guido Fanti ... Enore
Enrico Salvatore Enrico Salvatore ... The priest
Amelia Bordi Amelia Bordi ... The mother
Domenico Alpi Domenico Alpi ... The father
Iole Lunardi Iole Lunardi ... The grandmother
Antonio Maghenzani Antonio Maghenzani ... The brother
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Storyline

The study of a youth on the edge of adulthood and his aunt, ten years older. Fabrizio is passionate, idealistic, influenced by Cesare, a teacher and Marxist, engaged to the lovely but bourgeois Clelia, and stung by the drowning of his mercurial friend Agostino, a possible suicide. Gina is herself a bundle of nervous energy, alternately sweet, seductive, poetic, distracted, and unhinged. They begin a love affair after Agostino's funeral, then Gina confuses Fabrizio by sleeping with a stranger. Their visits to Cesare and then to Puck, one of Gina's older friends, a landowner losing his land, dramatize contrasting images of Italy's future. Their own futures are bleak. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Italy...is the place where they've made an art of everything - especially love!

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Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

10 September 1965 (Sweden) See more »

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Before the Revolution See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Bernardo Bertolucci was only 22 when he made this film. See more »

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A friend: Remember, Fabrizio: one can't live without Rossellini.
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References A Woman Is a Woman (1961) See more »

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Just like a French New Wave film
9 April 2002 | by renelsonantoniusSee all my reviews

For a while, forget about Bernardo Bertolucci's "ventures into Hollywood" (for example, "Little Buddha," featuring Keannu Reeves) and find time to see his "little-known" work, "Before the Revolution" (his second feature film, which was made in his native country and when he was just 22 years old).

More than a "nostalgic" tribute to the "present," the film is closer in spirit and style to the French New Wave films (see, for example, Jean-Luc Godard's "A Bout de Souffle" and Francois Truffaut's "Jules et Jim";as a matter of fact, Bertolucci's film was contemporaneous with these works).

In the film, you'll find a bedazzling mixture of narrative styles (those relating to camera movements and angles, editing, photographic effects and musical score;my favorites are the "optical room" scene and the old man painting by the lakeside), characters who are always "running away" from something (from social conventions and pressures, from others as well as from themselves) and for whom to live is to discourse (with other people or with themselves), and a "romantic" and "apolitical" stance toward a relevant sociopolitical issue ( in this case, the workers' uprising and the Revolution of 1948).

Initially slow and hard to get by, but the film eventually engages the viewers' attention as "love" starts to develop between the aunt (Gina) and the nephew (Fabrizio), which other people may find "scandalous," but is treated in such a casual and indifferent manner that the result is "unaffecting" (much like the way the menage-a-trois was treated in "Jules et Jim"), and as one gets to know more (or does one?) the quirky and enigmatic characters.


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