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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 Bertoluccis 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 Dostoyevskys 1846 story THE DOUBLE as a reaction to the political unrest of 1968. Scripted with Gianni Amico (BEFORE THE REVOLUTION), PARTNER reflects Bertoluccis 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 Bertoluccis 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 Bertoluccis subsequent achievements, PARTNER is a neglected title in the directors long and distinguished career. NoShame Films is proud to present the films DVD debut as a 2-disc collectors edition, remastered from the original source materials and loaded with exclusive supplementary materials that include Edoardo Brunos 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 Talk.com
NoShame has assembled one of their most ambitious releases to date -- 10,000 Bullets.com
NoShame has done a remarkable job bringing PARTNER to the masses with this two-DVD set. -- Digitally Obsessed.com
My copy - ordered from this listing - looks like the picture and contains no extras. Half of these reviews are misleading! Look. This is 2013. Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by Frank
This movie is completely totally irrelevant today. It's a clumsy artifact of a movie era thankfully long passed. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by Dangerman
A terrible example of what happens when a talented director imitates an attention-seeking enfant terrible, Bertolucci's Partner is forgotten with good reason - his Godardian take... Read morePublished on July 15, 2006 by Trevor Willsmer
This is one of the most French Italian films you will ever see.. Bertolucci, who was clearly still searching for his own style, emulates the Godard ouevre in this loose adaptation... Read morePublished on April 7, 2006 by Stalwart Kreinblaster