Item #5561 Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango In Paris. Bernardo Bertolucci, Franco Arcalli, Pauline Kael, Norman Mailer, contributors.
Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango In Paris
Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango In Paris
Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango In Paris

Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango In Paris

New York: Delacorte Press, 1973. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher’s purple cloth, spine gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.

The screenplay for Bernardo Bertolucci’s controversial erotic drama, accompanied by two conflicting reviews by Pauline Kael and Norman Mailer. Starring Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider, Last Tango in Paris revolves around Paul, a middle-aged widower who becomes involved in a sexually intense yet detached affair with Jeanne, a young Parisian woman. Initially given an X-rating and banned in several countries (including Bertolucci’s native Italy), the film to this day draws critical contention due to the notorious rape scene. In 2007, Schneider stated in an interview that the scene—while Brando attempted to appease her with, "it’s just a movie"—felt like actual rape at the hands of both her co-star and Bertolucci. The film received new criticism precipitated by the #MeToo movement after previously unseen footage came out of Bertolucci claiming, "I wanted her to react humiliated...I wanted Maria to feel, not to act." While Kael’s included review, one of the most renowned in film history, praises the film’s authenticity ("Bertolucci achieves realism with the terror of actual experience still alive on the screen"), Mailer’s caustic analysis deems it "a failure worth a hundred films like The Godfather." Illustrated with numerous black-and-white film stills. Light dampstaining to cloth at base of spine; offsetting from cloth dye to verso of unclipped dust jacket. Near fine. Item #5561

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