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Bernardo Bertolucci

Bernardo Bertolucci (born March 16, 1940) is a writer and film director.

Born in Parma, Italy the first son of a reputed historian, Bertolucci started writing at the age of 15 and soon after received some prestigious literarian prizes like the Premio Viareggio. He then reached Rome, where he was assistant to Pier Paolo Pasolini for his Accattone.

In the 1970s his Ultimo Tango a Parigi (Last Tango in Paris - starring Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider[?]) caused a deep scandal in Italy for a sodomy scene; the film was sequestered by censorship and officially all the copies were destroyed. Many years after, when the general modesty had changed and the censorhip commission had been abolished, the film reappeared (because Bertolucci had kept a clandestine copy) and was projected in a slightly censored version.


  • La Commare secca (1962)
  • Prima della rivoluzione (1962) aka Before the Revolution
  • La Via del petrolio (1965)
  • Il Canale (1966)
  • Partner (1968)
  • Amore e rabbia (1969) (episode "il Fico Infruttuoso")
  • La Strategia del ragno, (1970) aka Spider's Stratagem
  • Il Conformista (1971) aka the Conformist
  • Ultimo tango a Parigi (1973) aka Last Tango in Paris
  • 1900 (Novecento) (1976)
  • La Luna (1979) (the Moon)
  • La Tragedia di un uomo ridicolo (1982) aka Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man
  • L'Ultimo Imperatore (1987) aka The Last Emperor
  • The Sheltering Sky, (1990)
  • Il piccolo Buddha (1993) aka Little Buddha
  • Io ballo da sola (1996) aka Stealing Beauty

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