Last Tango in Paris (1972)

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Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Cast: Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, Jean-Pierre Léaud


An American burns out in Paris when his wife dies and resorts to impersonal sexual encounters with a younger woman in an unfurnished flat to restore some sense of living.

The Review

Controversial erotic drama, counterpointing the sexual liberation of its day with its subordinated female character and proving something of a censorship milestone in its depictions of brutal sex. Sensation-seekers quickly found, however, that the more you show the more apparent it is what is left unshown, and the film is not without its longueurs. Still, it hasn't aged too badly and we can concentrate on Brando's superb performance and Bertolucci's controlled direction.