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Last Tango in Paris (1972)

Ultimo tango a Parigi (original title)
NC-17 | | Drama, Romance | 7 February 1973 (USA)
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A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex.

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Bernardo Bertolucci (story), Bernardo Bertolucci (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlon Brando ... Paul
Maria Schneider ... Jeanne
Maria Michi ... Rosa's Mother / La mère de Rosa
Giovanna Galletti ... Prostitute / La prostituée
Gitt Magrini Gitt Magrini ... Jeanne's Mother / La mère de Jeanne
Catherine Allégret ... Catherine (as Catherine Allegret)
Luce Marquand Luce Marquand ... Olympia
Marie-Hélène Breillat Marie-Hélène Breillat ... Monique (as Marie-Helene Breillat)
Catherine Breillat ... Mouchette
Dan Diament Dan Diament ... TV Sound Engineer / L'ingénieur du son
Catherine Sola Catherine Sola ... TV Script Girl / La script-girl
Mauro Marchetti 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 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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You will never see the most highly acclaimed film of our time on television. This may be your last chance to see it in a theater. (1975)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

7 February 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Last Tango in Paris See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,250,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$36,144,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,179,290
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (rough cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The idea of this movie grew from director 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

When Jeanne disappears during her bridal gown fitting, Tom goes running down the street to find her in the pouring rain. As he gets about fifty feet from the camera he sudden runs into a section of the street that is dry and there is no rain coming down. He apparently ran past the maximum range of the rain making equipment they were using for the shot. 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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Alternate Versions

For its original UK cinema release the BBFC suggested cuts to dialogue during the scissors scene and a heavy reduction of the infamous sodomy scene, though the former was rescinded when it was decided that the cuts would be difficult to make without ruining the scene. Instead a proposed cut of 20 secs was required to the sodomy scene to remove shots of Paul smearing butter on Jeanne's buttocks and some overhead shots of sexual thrusting. The latter was also waived following an appeal from the director and instead a mere 10 sec cut was made to the butter smearing. When the OPA (Obscene Publications Act) was extended to cover films a few years later BBFC censor James Ferman waived the cinema cut, and all post-1978 releases (including TV showings) have been the fully uncut version. See more »

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Shenandoah
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Traditional
Performed by Marlon Brando
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Yes, it IS a masterpiece! One of the most powerful movies ever made and Brando's greatest performance.
13 August 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'Last Tango In Paris' is a milestone, and still one of the most controversial movies ever made. It was notorious in the 1970s for its sexually frankness, and sharply divided the viewing public. Released around the same time as the surprise box office success of 'Deep Throat', which made pornography go mainstream for the first time, both movies broke down barriers of what was then regarded as acceptable in cinema, the repercussions being felt for some time. (I don't think 'Ai No Corrida' could have been conceivable without '...Tango..' for example) 'Last Tango..' isn't actual pornography of course, the sex is simulated, not real, but by being so explicit and realistic, and by the movie being so well made and acted, it provoked a lot of extreme reactions. People HAD to deal with it. Bertolucci was a respected director after all, with art house faves like 'The Conformist' and 'The Spider's Stratagem' to his credit. With Bertolucci behind the camera and Marlon Brando in front of it this movie couldn't be ignored! It's a very important movie because of its sexual content, but to just focus on that aspect of it is to overlook everything else that is great about it - the cinematography, the score (by jazz great Gato Barbieri) and most of all, the acting. Brando is absolutely stunning in this film. I think it is easily his most powerful and emotional performance, and many would argue that he is one of the three of four greatest movie actors EVER, so this means that 'Last Tango In Paris' is not to be missed by any movie buff. Brando dominates the movie so much it is easy to overlook Maria Schneider, who I think gives an excellent performance. She is also one of the hottest actresses I've ever seen. I don't mean the most beautiful, she isn't conventionally good looking to most people, but for me she sizzles, and some of her scenes in this movie are the most erotic I've ever watched. Unfortunately 'Last Tango In Paris' will probably prove to be difficult viewing for many current movie fans because it requires you to THINK and FEEL. It is an ADULT movie. I don't mean adult because of the sex, I mean it isn't a flashy George Lucasesque popcorn movie made purely to entertain and nothing more. If some people can't handle that it's their loss. 'Last Tango In Paris' is one of the greatest movies ever made, and I get more out of it every time I watch it. It is a masterpiece pure and simple.


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