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Last Tango In Paris

Released !973
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 Its graphic but simulated sex scenes garnered a scandalous X rating in the US, later rescinded to an R without cuts.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 with his writing/directing/producing partner Scott Alexander won the Best Screenplay Golden Globe for The People vs. Larry Flynt and was nominated by the Writers Guild of America for the cult favorite Ed Wood.  Other credits include writing the Milos Forman film Man on the Moon, adapting the Stephen King story 1408, producing Paul Schrader's Auto Focus, and writing/producing the upcoming Tim Burton feature Big Eyes.  Larry is an active Los Angeles cineaste serving on the board of advisors for the Cinefamily and  hosting a long running film series for the American Cinematheque.