Last Tango in Paris

Last Tango in Paris

DVD - 1998
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An American widower in Paris, desolate at the unexplained suicide of his wife, plunges into a torrid sexual relationship with a stranger, a young French girl half his age.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, [1998]
Edition: Widescreen version
Copyright Date: ♭1998
ISBN: 9780792839255
0792839250
Branch Call Number: DVD LAST TA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (129 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Dernier tango à Paris

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plotline May 11, 2016

Eros In Agony
MARLON BRANDO 1924-2004
Bernardo Bertolucci's caustic mood piece meditates at length on the absence of love in human (male/female) relationships. What's left without that deep fondness and its related emotional bonds? The answer is that fundamental drive which usually ends up populating the planet further and even brings some measure of gratification to a fair percentage of the teeming masses.
Brando and Schneider are less like Adam and Eve in an urban purgatory (Paris has never looked so gloomy on film) and more like an embittered guru of melancholy (he's so wise and so depressed) embarking on a spur of the moment experiment into the boundless regions of sexual abandon with a willing, young acolyte.
The gauzy photography and Gato Barbieri's sweet and dour music soften the corrosive lack of sentiment up to a point. But Brando's brilliant turn as the deep-grieving widower eats up and spits out every iota of tenderness.
The film is very hard cheese for those who want to believe that the war between the sexes might come to some kind of romantic, semi-sweet armistice. It is not an exploration into how people should keep their affairs together but a microscopic examination of how the pieces of a person's shattered life are ever so difficult to mend and, further, how attempting to set things right often leads to greater tragedy.
The brokenhearted and lovelorn will nod in sad recognition. Starry-eyed lovebirds may grimace in puzzlement. Those flirting with chastity or abstinence or repressive attitudes towards unbridled fornication should seek out less sexually graphic fare lest they be gripped by an uncontrollable bout of apoplexy. Note: listen closely as Brando's character outlines his job history- it's a quick rundown of the actor's filmography.

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JihadiConservative
May 04, 2016

Horrible acts of graphic sex and a demented and twisted story. Skip it.

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phlbrq
Oct 12, 2015

The movie is about movie romance and how these illusory romantic boilerplate influence real relationships. You're invited to acknowledge Brando's method persona and Leaud's new wave actor identity in their characters' essence.The actors' past roles, our knowledge of their histories inform us of their characters.
This is a great film about being human in this age of cinema.
These comments, well, I expected better from a library crowd. There's not a cineaste in this crowd.
Undeniably, something is happening in this film and it may affect you. If it doesn't well be humble enough to know you missed it. This is filmmaking of a high order and it may not be for the uninitiated or the unprepared. That doesn't make it a bad film just esoteric. Reading these comments I'm reminded of Yogi Bera recounting his trip to the opera. At least he had wit and brevity.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

Bernardo Bertolucci’s problematic film made international headlines upon its release thanks to some graphic sex and a twisted plot. It all seems pretty quaint 40 years later but this annoyingly artsy story of two disillusioned strangers finding solace in fucking each other’s brains out still carries faint remnants of an emotional punch. Middle-aged Paul is an embittered widower still angry over his wife’s sudden suicide; twenty-something Jeanne is trying to find a bit of quiet time from her boyfriend, a narcissistic director obsessed with filming her every move. When the two have a chance encounter in an empty Parisian apartment sparks fly and belt buckles are undone leading to an ongoing sexual liaison intentionally devoid of any personal attachments or other “bullshit” from the outside world; they don’t even know each other’s names. But Paul’s demons eventually prove too much for the naïve Jeanne to handle resulting in some hurtful games and one final tragic encounter. A pretentious and rambling masturbatory fantasy with dreary overtones of mortality and contemporary angst. In the role of Paul, Marlon Brando is thoroughly convincing as he scowls and ruminates (a dead rat proves to be a potent vehicle), Maria Schneider’s Jeanne however seems little more than a shallow prop constantly upstaged by her own breasts. As for the sex...you’ll never look at a stick of butter the same way again.

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nguy1tie
Sep 27, 2014

Comment as you like. But this is just another 2 hours of entertainment. I would not watch it if it was for curiousity. Not forth my time after the fact

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jul 11, 2014

Amongst all of the controversial films that were produced in the 1970s (and there were plenty), Last Tango In Paris (or LTIP, for short) ranks right up there at #1. There can certainly be no denying this film's controversy.

At full-throttle, LTIP deliberately toes the thin line between what is considered porn and what isn't. Even though this film's impact has mellowed significantly with age, I suggest that you watch LTIP and be the judge of this one for yourself.

LTIP's story is probably about as shallow as any story could ever get. It's so shallow, in fact, that it nearly chokes the viewer with its sheer mindlessness. But, hey, let's face it, LTIP's story is inconsequential. It's the sex that we're all here to watch. Right? So, the story be damned.

Some people say that Brando's performance as "Paul" was one of his very finest.

Personally, I saw Brando's "Paul" as just a simple revising of his Stanley Kowalski character in A Streetcar Named Desire from some 22 years prior. And, with that being the case, I'm sorry, but Brando looking like a totally dishevelled slob at 52 and playing a lech in LTIP wasn't anywhere near to the same thing as a young, virile-looking Brando, at 30, in a strategically torn t-shirt, playing a totally despicable slob.... Nope. It wasn't the same thing, at all.

*Trivia notes* -

(1) Marlon Brando, being the impossible, little "Method" actor that he was, refused to memorize his lines for his part. Instead, he placed little cue cards all around the set to remind himself of what to say, and so forth. (spare me)

(2) Years after LTIP's release, actress Maria Schneider came out of the closet, or wherever, to say that playing "Jeanne" was the absolute, most humiliating experience, as an actress, that she had ever had to endure.

Maria claimed that certain sex scenes, particularly the simulated anal-rape scene, were not in the script and that it was Brando and director Bertolucci who plainly coerced her into doing these scenes, with Brando repeatedly reassuring her - "Maria. Don't worry. It's only a movie."

Frank60 Mar 05, 2014

What a pile of hoooy. The "torrid" sexual relationship were two scenes of what I would describe as rape. Brando's character was a bully and probably drove his wife to suicide. Schriber's character was a weird girl who allowed herself to be objectified. The premise gave support for the myth that women like to be "taken." The fact that she claimed to love him later is just sexist cliche. The whole movie didn't make sense and was about as erotic as watching mushroom grow. Save two hours of your time for something much more worthy, like watching the NY Knicks lose another game.

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rickbuis
Dec 30, 2012

Not bad, I remember when it first came out. Created quite a stir. Looking at it now it really is a period piece, when Hollywood was trying to be daring and pushing envelope.

howardpoole Oct 19, 2012

Movie trailer said this is one of the most important films EVER. I think not.

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danasgoodstuff
Aug 25, 2012

Silly movie, great score by Oliver Nelson and Leonardo 'Gato' Barbieri

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Monolith
Mar 16, 2012

Jeanne: "What are we doing here?" Paul: "Let's just say we're taking a flying f**k at a rolling donut."

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Monolith
Mar 16, 2012

Paul (to his wife's corpse): "Even if a husband lives 200 hundred f**king years, he'll never discover his wife's true nature. I may be able to understand the secrets of the universe, but... I'll never understand the truth about you. Never."

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Michael
Sep 06, 2008

If you're going to see this Bernardo Bertolucci classic, then you should also see his other 2 movies filmed in Paris: The Conformist... and The Dreamers - both movies that I would rate as Very Good.

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