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Last Tango in Paris

7.02 h 9 min1972X-RayNC-17
HD. The controversial erotic classic with Marlon Brando as a grief-stricken man who engages in a series of intense sexual encounters.
Bernardo Bertolucci
Marlon BrandoMaria SchneiderMaria Michi
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Giovanna GallettiJean-Pierre LeaudMassimo Girotti
Alberto Grimaldi
NC-17 (Adults Only)
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Rochester RichieReviewed in the United States on August 2, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Still Stunning After All These Years
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What can I say? You can hate the way Bertolucci supposedly treated Maria Schneider on set one day (though the story is far from clear and Schneider has passed away and can't clear it up). You can hate the main male character, and probably should. But there's no denying that this is a brilliant film about what used to be called the war of the sexes, but might better be termed toxic masculinity in heterosexual relations (if you want to get academic about it.) I just rewatched it and it holds up beautifully. It's not just dramatically great (though it is that, offering Brando's career best performance and a stunning line up of supporting actors.) It's also brilliant cinema. The way the sets are lit, the camera moves, and the shots are edited together, is simply breathtaking. It's operatic in impact and not to be missed by any but the most sensitive viewer (who should, of course, stay away. The NC-17 rating is justified.)
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U2Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
A great bad-mood movie
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Yeah I waited many many years to finally watch Tango. Ugh, it was a tad too dreadful for me. But if you're ever in a great mood and want to instantly become depressed, watch this film. It seemed like the movie was 9 hrs long. I kept thinking, this has to be the last scene. Please wrap up this dark, sad, and spirit crushing movie. But it just kept going on and on and on. Yes, yes Brando is an acting God and all-in-all spectacular man but I don't even think he was acting - I think this was the real Marlon. Which is kind of scary. Oh, and the uh, erotic scenes.... I thought I was looking at the Amazon jungle from Google Earth. Thank heavens the '70's grooming style is long gone. I mean, Damn! Chewbacca's got nothing on that lady. Anyone who can watch Tango more than once amazes me. It's like watching Platoon or Schindler's List multiple times. It's just too depressing and dark for me. I watch movies to be happy, scared, intrigued, amazed, etc. But never to make myself depressed. Tango represents all the things I wish to avoid in life. Extensive pain, sadness, loss, and hopelessness. Okay, time for Weekend at Burnie's!!
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Carlos E Romero natural cinephileReviewed in the United States on January 30, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Yes......This is One of the Best Films of All Time......
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With "Last Tango in Paris," one would think that Bertolucci was more a protégé of Antonioni than of Pasolini! Why? Because, after "L’eclisse," there isn’t a film that better conveys and relates the themes of human alienation, abstraction, deception, exploitation, depression, etc., etc., in such a symbolic and metaphorical way than this one.

The reason that a majority of people do not get or understand this film is quite simple; they think that the subject of the story is completely about Sex. They couldn’t be further from the truth! Yes, there is sex; but, it is only a device, there is a subtext to the story that they're overlooking and simply ignore, or maybe they just don’t see it. The sex represents and symbolizes, more or less, the socially and politically charged-up climate of the time. The sex represents: freedom of expression, rebellion, a forward looking and progressive thinking if you will (and not backwards looking), in contrast to the tyranny and despotism of the rulers and masses alike! Albeit, its a social/political freedom more so than a spiritual or altruistic one, that Bertolucci was hinting at. Nevertheless, both principles or aspects can easily apply, it is just a matter of interpretation.

The character of Paul, the expatriate; is a representation of an American foreign policy that is contradictory and at odds with its so-called “democratic principles.” Jeanne; represents change, as embodied in the student movement of ‘68, albeit; a movement that is somewhat naive, confused, divided, and conflicted, and is still having a hard time breaking with the past. Wars, conventional or nuclear, equals the same thing; murder, suicide, destruction, etc.

This a master work of the Cinema, and I think that it ranks right up there with some of the best films of all time. Marlon Brando is absolutely the finest actor that ever lived, and Maria Schneider was a revelation; her talent was a work in progress if you like. It’s too bad and unfortunate that the undeserving controversy surrounding the film, made a casualty of her personal life as well. The naturalistic style of the lighting, cinematography, etc., is in keeping and a testament to an aesthetic principle that, Bertolucci was never really able or willing to capture again. And, last but not least, what can one say about the score by Gato Barbieri? Brilliant, beautiful, mystifying, are words that easily come to mind. This is a film that one is either going to love or hate, I loved it!

The DVD picture and sound quality is excellent, the film has been fully restored. NTSC format, English, French (English subtitles), wide screen 1.85:1 screen ratio, FFN, NR, 129 mins. (BTW: This is the 2012 unrated, uncut version from UA/MGM.)

Love and Peace,
Carlos Romero
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Kujifanya JinaReviewed in the United States on June 10, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
but his performance is excellent. Fresh from his Oscar for "The Godfather
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The reputation of this movie far exceeds its actual cinematic value. Marlon Brando's angst is confusing, but his performance is excellent. Fresh from his Oscar for "The Godfather," Brando picked this project as his next film and the film was released when on-screen sexuality was being embraced for the first time. Had it not been released at the right time in cultural history, this film would have bombed. It's ok, but not the masterpiece it was considered to be in the 1970s.
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TeriReviewed in the United States on July 17, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
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I find this movie disturbing. It may be controversial at the time, but it is not scandalous. It is about two single people (Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider) in a bad situation, met and had "no names" sex relationship with each other (Brando's rule). Background story, Brando's wife committed suicide and he was tormented by her death. In this film, Brando is a 45 years old American widower and engages in intense sex with Maria who is a 20 years old French girl. Maria is openly naked in this movie, used/abused/raped. I did not see any kissing, it was purely sex acts. Even if she did not want to have sex, Brando does it anyway (in his terms), and he smirks before and after the act. I wonder why the wife committed suicide and what she went through with him. He is disrespectful to the core. Paul (Brando) is a lunatic person and he got what he deserved at the end of the movie. No, I will not watch this movie again.
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E FReviewed in the United States on July 29, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Marlon Brando
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Overall, the film is a platform for Marlon Brando’s raw unfiltered emotional presence - which seems too natural to be a performance and that is what makes his acting extraordinary.

The music is loud, the sounds, the train, the violin, the saxophone in the hotel…unnerving noise of the outside world contradicting the enclosed privacy of the intimate scenes. The other characters are bizarre without meaning to be and this makes the film a bit off kilter. The intensity of the film’s voyeurism and vulgar sexuality make the other scenes and characters appear uninteresting.

Marlon Brando does not seem to be “acting” and that is what makes him the most emotionally raw figure in all of his scenes. Rage, grief, depression, existential aloneness expressed by Brando and captured on Bertolucci’s camera. All of his raw emotion processed through violent outbursts toward others and vulgar sexuality on his willing and young debutante whose character doesn’t want to enter the adult world of responsibility and banality. Her dunce of a fiancé in the film seems a parody of the director himself, a voyeur wanting to capture the raw person of Jeanne just as Bertolucci captures the raw emotion and genuine pieces of his star actor.
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StephanieReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
not great people going through a bad situation together
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I've never seen a movie that felt more human. It doesn't try to make humanity noble. It just shows two..not great people going through a bad situation together, and it doesn't necessarily benefit either of them but they keep at it anyway.
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marti-Grecia OdalyzReviewed in the United States on August 12, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
mea culpa:
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i half-way watched this film, (not a movie) earlier today and deemed it boring. but then, after a few hours curiosity claimed me, so that i continued its passing. Now, i must say that this film is so immersed, so overwhelmed in irresolvable Sadness, that having intuited THAT much about it, earlier today...made me flee. What a Tragedy this film is!
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