Last Tango in Paris (1972)
November 26, 2022 1:29 PM - Subscribe

A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex.

Distraught following his wife's suicide, American hotelier Paul (Marlon Brando) becomes transfixed by the beautiful younger Frenchwoman Jeanne (Maria Schneider) when he meets her by chance at an apartment both are attempting to rent. The couple begin an extended but purely anonymous sexual relationship in which they do not even tell each other their names, but it soon becomes clear that the couple's deliberate level of disassociation cannot continue.

Director Bernardo Bertolucci

Writer Bernardo Bertolucci, Franco Arcalli

Staring Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider

83% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

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posted by Marky (5 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It's both better than and worse than you expect. It's ... hard.
posted by chavenet at 2:21 PM on November 26, 2022 [3 favorites]

Some background on the production of this film. For a lon time it had been the only Bertolucci I managed not to see and I think it will stay that way!
posted by dis_integration at 3:38 PM on November 26, 2022 [2 favorites]

Rape scene was rape.
posted by Ideefixe at 4:50 PM on November 26, 2022 [6 favorites]

Yeah, I saw this about a million years ago, and I don’t think I could watch it again because of the assault Schneider got from Bertolucci and Brando.
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:17 PM on November 27, 2022

I saw some? most? of this on Showtime when I was about 13 and I still have no idea what I saw. Something about butter and sex, but I wasn't old enough to know how they went together. Its reputation since has suppressed any desire I ever might have had to find out.
posted by rhizome at 11:39 PM on November 27, 2022

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