Last Tango In Paris
We learn about them. He is an American, living in Paris these last several years with a French wife who owned a hotel that is not quite a whorehouse. On the day the movie begins, the wife has committed suicide. We are never quite sure why, although by the time the movie is over we have a few depressing clues.
Last Tango in Paris
"Last Tango" premiered, in case you have forgotten, on Oct. 14, 1972. It did not quite become a landmark. It was not the beginning of something new, but the triumph of something old -- the "art film," which was soon to be replaced by the complete victory of mass-marketed "event films." The shocking sexual energy of "Last Tango in Paris" and the daring of Marlon Brando and the unknown Maria Schneider did not lead to an adult art cinema. The movie frightened off imitators, and instead of being the first of many X-rated films dealing honestly with sexuality, it became almost the last. Hollywood made a quick U-turn into movies about teenagers, technology, action heroes and special effects. And with the exception of a few isolated films like "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (1988) and "In the Realm of the Senses" (1976), the serious use of graphic sexuality all but disappeared from the screen.
The ending. The scene in the tango hall is still haunting, still part of the whole movement of the third act of the film, in which Paul, having created a searing moment out of time, now throws it away in drunken banality. The following scenes, leading to the unexpected events in the apartment of Jeanne's mother, strike me as arbitrary and contrived. But still Brando finds a way to redeem them, carefully remembering to park his gum before the most important moment of his life.
On a purely narrative level, one could say that not much happens in a scene like this--the two main charactersof the film meet by chance. But visually the scene is dynamic. Look at the way it is set up. The tramway bridge above allows for the opening shot of Paul's anguished cry (could Bertolucci's inspiration for this have been spontaneous, after he had already chosen the location because of its long walkway?). Below, that long concourseallows the camera to track bothcharacters as they move from background to foreground and then overlap. The space is so long that the camera is able to switch directions after the two pass each other and still find plenty of room in the other direction. The camera's movement throughout this scene is deft as well as graceful. We first saw it come down toward Brando's character from the top. It curved subtly and expertly, but its movement was quick--even aggressive. These qualities characterize the movements of the tango, which you will see the two main characters perform at the end of the film. The dance is a powerful scene, because it finally iterates what has been suggested all along in the film's choreography--both in the movements of the camera and of the characters. We feel swept away by the beauty of the tango despite the tragic quality of the events it accompanies.
Although some of the smoky sax solos get a little uncomfortably close to 1970s fusion cliché, Gato Barbieri's score to Bertolucci's 1972 classic is an overall triumph. Suspenseful jazz, melancholy orchestration, and actual tangos fit the film's air of erotic longing, melancholy despair, and doomed fate. "Last Tango in Paris" is a particular standout, its orgiastic, wordless vocal yelps reflecting, whether by design or not, the actual content of the movie. The 1998 CD reissue is by no means just a substitute for the old vinyl; it more than doubles the length of the original release with a "Last Tango in Paris Suite," put together by Barbieri himself from 29 cues from the original score as used in the film.
The rape scene received new criticism in 2016 when the Spanish nonprofit El Mundo de Alycia posted unseen footage of Bertolucci speaking about "Last Tango in Paris" in honor of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The director acknowledged that the use of butter was a last minute addition that he and Brando willingly withheld from Schneider because they wanted her to have an authentic onscreen reaction. "I wanted her to react humiliated ... I wanted Maria to feel, not to act," he said; he also wanted her to respond as a "girl, not an actress." Bertolucci insisted that he had no regrets about the way he shot the scene.
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The stage adaptation is described by the director in a statement as "drop by drop sorrow, loneliness and despair pass through the dark empty room where flesh bleeds, sex exudes beauty and sweat and ghosts of the past wander through images of distorted bodies. . . Many will recall the Marlon Brando film version. This adaptation captures much of the core of that movie's very abyss, in stunning portrayals by startling and courageous young actors, surrounded by live cameras, creating a sexual tragedy haunted by sounds of lost tangos and the shadow of myths."
Released in 1972, Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris is one of the most popular erotic drama movies ever made, and has always been subject to controversy and rejection; great works of art are used to that, one might say, and maybe it's not a coincidence that the film is still discussed a lot today. The realization of the film's soundtrack was assigned to Gato Barbieri, a saxophonist born in Argentine who used to frequent the Roman jazz scene already in the '60s. When it came to composing the music of Last Tango, Barbieri was already an established musician, but he called back some of the musicians with whom he had previously played in Rome, creating a 9-element enlarged ensemble; arrangements for the accompanying symphony orchestra had been made by another jazz giant, Oliver Nelson. The union between Barbieri's music and Bertolucci's visions was one of the many perfect marriages that made history in the cinema and soundtrack fields. Three main ingredients are blended among the grooves of this memorable score: the tango melodies - of course, the melancholy of the orchestra string instruments and the erotic tension generated by Gato Barbieri's saxophone, thanks to his unique style that could combine energy and feeling like few others in the world. 041b061a72