May 17, 2021

Bernardo Bertolucci dies

Bernardo Bertolucci dies

The Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, relevant figure of the Italian cinematography of the second half of the twentieth century, with works like "The last tango in Paris", "Novecento" or "The last Emperor" died in Rome at age 77, reported the Italian media

Poet, producer, screenwriter and director was considered the last "great master" of Italian cinema to sign great masterpieces such as "The Last Emperor" with which he won nine Oscars in 1988, including best film, director and screenplay.

Born in Parma (north) on March 16, 1941, his arrival in the world of culture and the seventh art was not accidental because he belonged to a family of renowned Italian writers and filmmakers.

His works never left indifferent the audience and criticism, some of them raised enormous controversies as "The last Tango in Paris" (1972), the stormy love story starring Maria Schneider and Marlon Brando that was censored in countries like Spain.

Among the numerous awards he received was awarded the Golden Lion to the race at the Venice Festival in 2007 and the Golden Palm honorary at the Cannes Festival in 2011.

With "The last emperor "received the Oscar as best film and best script in 1988.

Bertolucci entered the world of celluloid with twenty years of the hand of Pier Paolo Pasolini, whom he attended during the filming of "Accattone" (1961).

His first film production was "La cosecha steril" (1962), thus putting the starting point to a brilliant career as a filmmaker that has placed him among the most important in Italian history, always in search of intimacy and continuous analysis of the youth.

After this film he directed "Before the revolution" (1964) or "The conformist" (1970), works with which he was consecrated as a director who worked in the introspection of his characters.

His international career came with "The last tango in Paris" that earned him two Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Actor in 1973 and, in that same year, he also received two other nominations in the Golden Globes, Best Picture and Best Director

He did not get any of these awards, but Bertolucci had already placed himself on the front page of international cinema.

He continued his international success with "Novecento" (1974-1976), divided into two acts, which portrays the peasant life of the Italy of the Great War and fascism.

In 1987 he premiered the film that earned him a greater recognition "The Last Emperor", which ended up recognized by four Golden Globes and nine Oscars, and which recovers the figure of Puyi, the emperor of China overthrown by the revolution of 1911.

Six years later, in 1993, he premiered another memorable production, "The Little Buddha," the story of an American child in whom Buddhist monks believe they see the reincarnation of one of their lamas.

In 2003 he directed "Dreamers", after which he was forced to be put in a wheelchair because of a serious problem in his back.

His latest film is from 2012, "Tú y yo", in which he returned to the topic of young people.

Throughout his career, the filmmaker sparked great debates and much controversy. The last one came just two years ago, when in an interview with the filmmaker in 2013 but published in 2016, Bertolucci acknowledged that neither he nor Marlon Brando told Schneider his plans to use butter during the sexual scene because they wanted her to react "like a child, not like an actress." Efe


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