The cult film director was 77 years old. We remember the most interesting facts of his biography.
In Rome, at age 77, the legendary Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci died of a long illness. This was reported by the Independent, with reference to the Italian media.
Bertolucci – a brilliant brand in the history of cinema. He has created more than two dozen paintings, of which the most famous are "The Last Tango in Paris" and "The Conformist". And the movie "The Last Emperor" took nine Oscars in various nominations.
Interesting facts about Bertolucci
1. For the cinema, Bernardo left his studies.
In 1958 Bernardo Bertolucci joined the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Rome to become a poet. But still the love of cinema won, and in 1962, Bertolucci left the university to begin filming his own debut feature – "Bony's Godfather."
2. 5.5 hour movie duration
Bernardo Bertolucci filmed the monumental film "The Twentieth Century", which lasts almost five and a half hours. For international contracting, Bertolucci assembled an abridged version with only 3.5 hours of duration.
3. Incest, triolism and homosexuality
The main reason for most of Bertolucci's films was sex. He liked to connect social problems with the intimate in his films. And he often turned to topics that were forbidden at the time, such as incest, triolism, homosexuality. Vivid examples are the films "Dreamers" and "Last Tango in Paris".
4. Bertolucci was deprived of civil rights because of the film.
In 1972, Bertolucci filmed the film "The Last Tango in Paris" with Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider in the lead roles. The film caused a real scandal in Italy, because it was full of explicit scenes. The photo was banned, all copies were destroyed. The director of the Italian private civil rights court for 5 years and gave conditional lines of 4 months. And only years later, when the visions of society became more progressive, the film met its audience.
5. The actress Maria Schneider hated Bertolucci until his death because of the "oil scene"
During the filming of the scandalous film "The Last Tango in Paris," Bertolucci volunteered to film an anal sex scene using butter, which was not explicit in the script. The actress was warned about the scene shortly before filming began and was forced to act in the movies, putting pressure on the authority of the director and actor. The scene was filmed from the first shot.
Maria Schneider later said that during the shooting she felt humiliated and "almost raped" and also claimed until her death that this scene, which exposed her to the whole world as "porn", spoiled her fate and brought her to alcoholism and to drug addiction.
Bertolucci himself confirmed this story only in 2013, after which many demanded the deprivation of all prizes and perks, but somehow he took the master.
6. Nine Oscars for the film
In 1987, the film The Last Emperor received nine Oscars at one time – the best film, best director, best adapted script, best music, best photography, best editing, best production draftsman job, scenographer, best costumes. best sound. In addition, the film received the Golden Globe in four nominations, Grammy Awards, Cesar, Felix and awards from several countries.