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
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In protest against the film only receiving a minor cinema cut in the U.K., a private prosecution was brought against United Artists in January 1974 by 69-year-old Edward Shackleton, a Salvation Army member and leading member of the executive committee of the pro-censorship Festival of Light party. Although the case went as far as the Old Bailey, it collapsed when it was ruled that the Obscene Publications Act did not, at that time, apply to films. See more »
When Paul is putting shaving cream on with the brush at the beginning of the sink scene, he lathers it on relatively thick in the frontal shot but then when the scene cut to the side shot as he begins to shave, the cream is on in a thin, uniform layer. See more »
[with his hands over his ears at the overwhelming sound of a passing train]
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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cuts to dialogue during the scissors scene and a heavy reduction of the infamous sodomy scene, though the former was rescinded when it was decided that the cuts would be difficult to make without ruining the scene.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 »
Yes, it IS a masterpiece! One of the most powerful movies ever made and Brando's greatest performance.
'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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