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Last Tango in Paris

(DVD - 1998)
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
Last Tango in Paris
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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, c1998
Edition: Uncut, uncensored version widescreen
ISBN: 0792839250
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama LAST
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (129 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in

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Last Tango in Paris caused an incredible stir when released in 1972, for its explicit telling of the story of an older American in Paris (Marlon Brando) and the intense sexual relationship he begins with a young French stranger.


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Dec 13, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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.

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

Sep 24, 2014
  • Frank60 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 12, 2014
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

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."

Dec 30, 2012
  • rickbuis rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This Bernardo Bertolucci film caught me completely off guard. A daring role for Brando, to say the least. He seemed to be enjoying the 'freedom' of it, (after having the constraints of 'The Legion of Decency' censoring some of his work, years earlier, e.g. A Streetcar Named Desire...). The film is depraved, brutish at times, confusing as to why in God's name the young woman Jeanne would keep returning to that... Worthy of a one time viewing for me, anyways. In closing, I now realize that the stereotype that SOME French women don't shave is quite obviously the case here in '72... (No offense intended, French people, simply an observation.)

Oct 19, 2012
  • howardpoole rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

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

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

Jul 20, 2011
  • GHN rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Marlon Brando did not help making it any better.

A bizarre movie!

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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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Oct 31, 2008
  • Michael rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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