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Penetrate the moody, sensual world of Last Tango in Paris, and prepare yourself for "the most controversial film of its era" (Leonard Maltin). Nominated for two Academy Awards® Director (Bernardo Bertolucci) and Actor (Marlon Brando) and exuding a sexual energy unlike any film before or after, this is the scintillating classic that shocked a nation... and "altered the face of an art form" (Pauline Kael). He (Brando) is a 45-year old American living in Paris, haunted by his wife's suicide. She (Maria Schneider, Jane Eyre) is a 20-year-old Parisian beauty engaged to a young filmmaker. Though nameless to each other, these tortured souls come together to satisfy their sexual cravings in an apartment as bare as their dark, tragic lives. Caught up in the frenzied beat of a carnal dance they cannot seem to stop, these unlikely lovers take their passion to erotic heights and depths beyond anything they could ever have imagined.
"This is a movie people will be arguing about," said Pauline Kael in a famous 1972 review, "for as long as there are movies." The film was Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris, which the New Yorker critic deemed a watershed in film history. The Blu-ray disc of Last Tango won't settle any longstanding arguments about the film: Is it a masterpiece? A sex film? A bore? Or, in Kael's opinion, "a film that has made the strongest impression on me in almost twenty years of reviewing"? Whatever side you're on, Last Tango remains an "event" film in the best sense, a bold experiment and a collision of some remarkable talents. Bertolucci was at the height of his ambitions, and Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider, as the two strangers who strike up an anonymous sexual relationship that turns emotional, can fairly be said to give everything they've got. (In his autobiography, Brando frankly admitted that the toll of giving his gutsy performance made him decide never to go that deep for a movie again.) The Blu-ray is advertised as an "uncut version," although it does not contain new material; its running time is the same as its initial release (the initially X-rated film has occasionally been available in very slightly shorter versions). The visual presentation is clean without looking immaculate or overly digitized, which is fitting for a film made in 1972, and it is an improvement over previous home-video versions. As a statement, Last Tango may be murky; but as a journey, it's unforgettable. --Robert Horton
I can't say much of anything good about this film. Brando was a strange guy, and supposedly he improvised most of this role, drawing from personal experience. Read morePublished 2 days ago by April S.
An Oscar winning Brando trying to get through grief of his wife's suicide...obsessed with sex
It was groundbreaking back in the day when it was released.
Funny how tame it appears compared to the x rating it had when it was first released. Now it would be R. An interesting character study. Read morePublished 13 days ago by kenneth n calitri
Bertolucci and Brando cannot miss....Much under rated and ahead of it's time....precursor to Fifty Shades of GreyPublished 16 days ago by M. Beck
I last saw this provocative movie when I was a callow youth at its release in 1972. I think I did not understand it, and I know I did not much care for it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Clark