Last Tango In Paris


2h 5m 1972

Brief Synopsis

Distraught following his wife's suicide, American hotelier Paul becomes transfixed by the beautiful younger Frenchwoman Jeanne when he meets her by chance at an apartment both are attempting to rent. The couple begin an extended but purely anonymous sexual relationship in which they do not even tell each other their names but it soon becomes clear the couple's deliberate level of disassociation cannot continue.

Film Details

Also Known As
Dernier tango a Paris, Ultimo Tango a Parigi, último tango en París, El
MPAA Rating
Genre
Romance
Drama
Erotic
Foreign
Release Date
1972
Production Company
Artistes Associes
Distribution Company
United Artists Films
Location
Paris, France

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 5m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.66 : 1

Synopsis

A landmark erotic drama and among Academy Award winning director Bernado Bertolucci's masterworks. Screen icon Marlon Brando plays a businessman who pursues a steamy affair with a young Parisian woman, played by Maria Schneider, on the grounds that it remains strictly sexual. While, for Brando, the affair is a means to forget his grief over his dead wife, for Schneider, it's a complication that sends her turbulent relationship with her fiancé, played by Jean-Pierre Léaud, into a tailspin. An intelligent, visually rapturous exploration of how sexual obsession can be a dangerous drug with powerhouse performances from its leads.

Film Details

Also Known As
Dernier tango a Paris, Ultimo Tango a Parigi, último tango en París, El
MPAA Rating
Genre
Romance
Drama
Erotic
Foreign
Release Date
1972
Production Company
Artistes Associes
Distribution Company
United Artists Films
Location
Paris, France

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 5m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.66 : 1

Award Nominations

Best Actor

1973
Marlon Brando

Best Director

1973
Bernardo Bertolucci

Quotes

I fell in love with him when I first heard him play piano.
- Jeanne
You mean the first time he got inside your knickers.
- Paul
He was a child prodigy; he was playing with both hands.
- Jeanne
I bet he was!
- Paul
Get the butter.
- Paul
Your happiness is my hap-penis.
- Paul
"I could dance forever! Oh, my hemorrhoid."
- Paul
Beauty of mine, sit before me. Let me peruse you and remember you...always like this.
- Paul

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1972

Released in United States February 1, 1973

Re-released in United States March 15, 1995

Released in United States October 14, 1972

Released in United States 1996

Released in United States August 1997

Shown at New York Film Festival October 14, 1972.

Shown at Locarno International Film Festival (Bertolucci Tribute) August 6-16, 1997.

The Italian government banned this film for 15 years and revoked Bertolucci's right to vote.

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1972

Released in United States February 1, 1973

Re-released in United States March 15, 1995 (Public Theater; New York City)

Released in United States October 14, 1972 (Shown at New York Film Festival October 14, 1972.)

Released in United States 1996 (Shown in Los Angeles (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) July 4-7 as part of program "Bravo Bertolucci" June 29 - September 2, 1996.)

Released in United States 1996 (Shown in New York City (American Museum of the Moving Image) as part of program "The Essential Brando" March 16 - April 7, 1996.)

Released in United States August 1997 (Shown at Locarno International Film Festival (Bertolucci Tribute) August 6-16, 1997.)