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Inspired by Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud and Jean-Luc Godard (and beating FIGHT CLUB to the punch by 30 years), Academy Award® winner Bernardo Bertolucci’s third feature is the schizophrenic parable of Jacob, a would-be revolutionary (Pierre Clémenti) whose lonely existence is shattered by the appearance of his exact double at the moment he contemplates suicide. While his doppelganger urges Jacob towards a greater commitment to protest against the Vietnam War, the young teacher falls in love with the daughter (Stefania Sandrelli academic predecessor, forging a romance that defies the revolutionary ideals of his alter-ego.

Bernardo Bertolucci was heavily influenced by psychoanalysis when he adapted Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s 1846 story THE DOUBLE as a reaction to the political unrest of 1968. Scripted with Gianni Amico (BEFORE THE REVOLUTION), PARTNER reflects Bertolucci’s struggle to reconcile the use of cinema as a political tool with the gloss and spectacle of Hollywood filmmaking. Alternating uninterrupted Dogme-style takes with canted angles, process shots paintings and the bracing Techniscope photography of Ugo Piccone, PARTNER was Bertolucci’s last art house film before his crossover successes with THE CONFORMIST and LAST TANGO IN PARIS established him an A-list international filmmaker.

Released by New Yorker Films in 1974 but largely ignored in the wake of Bertolucci’s subsequent achievements, PARTNER is a neglected title in the director’s long and distinguished career. NoShame Films is proud to present the film’s DVD debut as a 2-disc collector’s edition, remastered from the original source materials and loaded with exclusive supplementary materials that include Edoardo Bruno’s long lost Italian Nouvelle Vague feature film LA SUA GIORNATA DI GLORIA (His Day of Glory), unseen since its 1969 debut at the Berlin Film Festival and Italian theatrical release


DVD TALK COLLECTORS SERIES SELECTIONspectacular double DVD presentation this is how you treat a classic film by a classic director!!! -- DVD

NoShame has assembled one of their most ambitious releases to date -- 10,000

NoShame has done a remarkable job bringing PARTNER to the masses with this two-DVD set. -- Digitally

Special Features

  • DISC 1:
  • Dreams from the Other Side  - Interview with director Bernardo Bertolucci
  • To Edit a Partner  - Interview with editor Roberto Perpignani
  • Pierre Clementi screen test
  • Outtakes
  • Extensive poster and still gallery
  • DISC 2:  La Sua Giornata di Gloria (His Day of Glory) - the almost-lost film by film critic Edoardo Bruno, honored by Bernardo Bertolucci with a rush from PARTNER as part of the main titles
  • Back to Glory ­ Interview with director Edoardo Bruno
  • Lou Castel¹s screen test
  • Laura Troschel¹s screen test
  • On camera rehearsal
  • Collectible booklet ­ Including liner notes, essay on Italian New Wave movement, Bernardo Bertolucci¹s bio and essay by Edoardo Bruno

Product Details

  • Actors: Tina Aumont, Rochelle Barbieri, Sandro Bernadone, Alessandro Cane (II), Gianpaolo Capovilla
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Noshame
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B9E2NG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,209 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Partner" on IMDb

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ellingwood VINE VOICE on June 20, 2008
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This film is a freewheeling 60s film based on The Double from Dochevsky. Of course it probably doesn't look much like it at all. The film was improvised and shot with sound at a time when Italian cinema used mainly dubbing (still often do). The Revolutions of 1968 were going on in Europe and France at the time and the story of a young man who fails at everything is met by his double who is always a success. Antics and political statements galore. The film is most notable for being one of Bertolucci's first films. It is beautifully restored and looks great. I liked the interview with Bertolucci that comes with the film.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 1999
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this movie has it all. drama, an edge of your seat - psychcological - story-line, handsome lead. partner is an adaptation of the classic book "the double" by dostoyevsky. this is the only movie made from a book i've read and loved that has so captured the feel and integrity of the written work. if you are looking to see a great movie and have the patience to sit through one with subtitles then this is your movie.
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While the often noticed aping by Bertolucci of his hero Godard in this early film is quite true (even the film itself admits its debt to Godard right on screen), there is more here than mere imitation. Whether intentional or not I saw plenty of other influences from Bunuel, to the paintings if Rene Magritte. A loose, examination of schizophrenia; an inhibited intellectual young man spawns a separate self who is confident, aggressive and revolutionary.

While vaguely based on Dostoyevsky’s “The Double”, this is very much it’s own story, and a hell of a lot of fun. I found Bertolucci’s surreal playfulness more inviting than most of Godard’s work from that period. It asks many of the same questions, and has much of the same distain for modern consumer society, (and film narrative conventions) but does it with an absurdist sense of humor that give rise to some moments that now seem as much “Monty Python” as they are French New Wave.

The most egregious Godard rip-offs can be annoying (sudden inappropriate music, etc), but they are for the most part mercifully brief. Mostly this is more influence and homage than theft, and creates a time capsule that still has relevance and interest, and pleasure in the watching. Pierre Clementi does a fine job playing the two different versions of the hero Giaccobe.

The "No Shame" transfer is quite nice, and contains a number of interesting extras, including an entire 2nd feature film by critic
Eduardo Bruno.
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By Wilma on September 2, 2015
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Boring. The film's content is boring and - what's worse - also the visual style. I can't believe the same director made the splendid "Before the Revolution" before this film and the superb "The Conformist" after this film. "Partner" is, to put it in a nutshell, Pierre Clémenti, looking like a juvenile Freddie Mercury, moving about aimlessly, doing nothing but spouting hot air for two hours of film, displaying a phony seriousness that really is hilarious. This could be tolerable if Bertolucci had filmed it in a stunning superb way we know he is capable of. But in this film he is someone else. That disappointed me. The film is probably meant to be outrageous, experimental and progressive. It is not. For comparison watch what Tinto Brass did around the same time (Nerosubianco), and see what Alejandro Jodorowsky achieved around the same time (Fando y Lis).
The bonus film on the second disc (His Day of Glory, directed by Edoardo Bruno) is complete rubbish. Black and white in grainy Super 8 quality, mostly out of focus, zero visual ideas. Plot ? A bunch of bored yuppie gasbags being placed before the camera talking about Brecht, poetry and bourgeoisie and I don't know what else because I turned it off after 20 minutes of super-boredom. Better use your precious lifetime for watching again one of Bertolucci's masterpieces or the two masterpieces of the aforementioned directors.
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By Doug Richard on November 11, 2015
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One of the worst movies I have ever seen, and I watch a lot of movies. Boring, with a very unappealing, lead character. I kept asking myself "Why was this movie ever made? How could anyone think an audience would want to see this movie? What is the point of wasting my time with this nonsense?" The reason this film was "lost" is simple, it sucks! My rating is zero stars, but one is the lowest allowed.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By olofpalme63 on March 5, 2007
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Bernardo Bertolucci's "Partner" is typical late 60's LSD cinema in it's purest form. A cerebral look at a schizophrenic drama instructor (Pierre Clementi) who pocesses a dual personality (hence; his "Partner"). After he kills his neighbor (with a gun) for playing a piano too loud, his alter-ego takes over to control his inner rage and frustration. His imaginary friend also convinces him to protest the Vietnam conflict in the form of soap. His theory being; "soap powder can eliminate without killing", and teaches his students how to make molotov cocktails by using soap powder and vodka. Not quite ethnic cleansing...but you get the drift, and he eventually murders one of his students of whom he believes to be a fascist via drowning her in a washing machine with lots of detergent (Dash I believe).

Comic relief comes in the form of a date (the beautiful Stefania Sandrelli who also starred in Bertolucci's "The Conformist" and "1900") who happens to be the daughter of one of his co-workers. She agrees to go out with him, but only if he picks her up in a car. Realizing that he can't drive, he summons his landlord to pretend to be his chauffeur. Only he can't drive either...thankfully she lives downhill from where they steal a car and coast to the front of her home to pick her up. I won't give the ending away, but I'm fairly certain that this film was an influence (along with Syd Barrett) on Roger Waters when he wrote "The Wall"; the drama instructor holding himself up in his apartment during the end, while building a wall of books around himself. You decide.

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