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Last Tango In Paris

Released 1973
Distributor United Artists

Aiming to contrast the dichotomies of Love and Lust, director Bernardo Bertolucci originally hoped to star Jean-Louis Trintignant with either Dominique Sanda or Catherine Deneuve, but when those plans fell apart he went with Marlon Brando and 19 year old unknown Maria Schneider. Its graphic but simulated sex scenes garnered a scandalous X rating in the US, later rescinded to an R without cuts. Bertolucci believed this was Brando’s most revealing performance despite the fact that apart from one memorably improvised soliloquy about his childhood he can be seen reading his entire part from cue cards. At one point he asked if his lines could be written on his co-star’s derriere, which the director refused.

About Larry Karaszewski

Larry Karaszewski and his writing/directing/producing partner Scott Alexander are best known for writing unusual true stories.  Their current release is “Dolemite is My Name” featuring Eddie Murphy as Rudy Ray Moore. The duo previously created the hit television miniseries “The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” for which they won the Golden Globe, Emmy, PGA and WGA Awards. They also won the Golden Globe and WGA Award for the film “The People vs Larry Flynt.” Other movies include the Oscar winning “Ed Wood” (WGA nomination), “Big Eyes” (Independent Spirit nomination), “Auto Focus" and “Man on the Moon.” The team has been inducted into the Final Draft Screenwriting Hall of Fame.  Larry is also a Governor for writers branch, co-chair of the International Feature Film category, and a Vice President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.