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Last Tango in Paris Details


In Bernardo Bertolucci's art-house classic, Marlon Brando delivers one of his characteristically idiosyncratic performances as Paul, a middle-aged American in "emotional exile" who comes to Paris when his estranged wife commits suicide. Chancing to meet young Frenchwoman Jeanne (Maria Schneider), Paul enters into a sadomasochistic, carnal relationship with her, indirectly attacking the hypocrisy all around him through his raw, outrageous sexual behavior. Paul also hopes to purge himself of his own feelings of guilt, brilliantly (and profanely) articulated in a largely ad-libbed monologue at his wife's coffin. If the sexual content in Last Tango is uncomfortably explicit (once seen, the infamous "butter scene" is never forgotten), the combination of Brando's acting, Bertolucci's direction, Vittorio Storaro's cinematography, and Gato Barbieri's music is unbeatable, creating one of the classic European art movies of the 1970s, albeit one that is not for all viewers. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 14, 1972


Awarded by
National Society of Film Critics Marlon Brando Best Actor 1973 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Marlon Brando Best Actor 1973 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Marlon Brando Best Actor 1973 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Bernardo Bertolucci Best Director 1973 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Bernardo Bertolucci Best Director 1973 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bernardo Bertolucci Best Director 1973 Nominee


Marlon Brando
as Paul
Maria Schneider
as Jeanne
Maria Michi
as Rose's Mother
Jean-Pierre Léaud
as Tom
Massimo Girotti
as Marcel
Catherine Allegret
as Catherine
Peter Schommer
as TV Assistant Cameraman
Jean-Luc Bideau
as Barge Captain
Darling Legitimus
as Concierge
Giovanna Galletti
as Prostitute
Laura Betti
as Miss Blandish
Catherine Sola
as TV Script Girl
Catherine Breillat
as Mouchette
Dan Diament
as TV Sound Engineer
Marie-Helene Breillat
as Monique
Veronica Lazar
as Rosa
Jean-Marc Bory
Gitt Magrini
as Jeanne's mother
Michel Delahaye
as Bible Salesman


Bernardo Bertolucci
Alberto Grimaldi
Bernardo Bertolucci
Franco Arcalli
Vittorio Storaro
Dory Previn
Composer (Music Score)
Gato Barbieri
Composer (Music Score)
Franco Arcalli
Ferdinando Scarfiotti
Production Designer
Gitt Magrini
Costume Designer
Antoine Bonfanti
Sound/Sound Designer