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Last Tango in Paris [Blu-ray] [Canadian; French]

  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Originally famed for its sexual frankness, Bernardo Bertolucci's LAST TANGO IN PARIS has managed to endure due to its sophisticated storytelling and brave lead performances. Marlon Brando incorporated details from his own life into the character of Paul, the globetrotting American who finally settled into a marriage and proprietorship of a fleabag hotel in Paris. But when his wife commits suicide, Paul goes into an existential tailspin. One day, while wandering through an apartment that is available for rent, he encounters Jeanne (Maria Schneider), a lovely Parisian girl (she's 20 to Paul's 45) who is also viewing the apartment. The two become intimate and have a heated affair, carried on without names, in the apartment where they first met. While Paul clearly hopes to forget about his wife, Jeanne is simply overwhelmed by her fianc (Jean-Pierre Leaud, in a somewhat Bertolucci-satirizing role), a filmmaker who wants her to be his subject and inspiration. Nothing is taboo in their relationship, but confrontation comes when Paul breaks the spell of impersonality. Brando's monologue beside his dead wife has sent many a film student into a paroxysm of pleasure in this groundbreaking erotic drama from acclaimed director Bertolucci (THE CONFORMIST, THE LAST EMPEROR).
  • Credits
    Marlon Brando, Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, Jean-Pierre Laud, Darling Legitimus, Catherine Sola, Mauro Marchetti, Dan Diament, Massimo Girotti
  • Critic Reviews
    "[Brando gives] one of his most ferocious and feeling performances."
    Rolling Stone

    "...The look, feel and sound of the film are evocative..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "Brando communicates a great sense of erotic abandon..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "Brando is astonishing."

    "Given Vittorio Storaro's lush photography and Gato Barbieri's rich jazz score, there was no mistaking it for anything but art..."
    A.V. Club

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