Last Tango in Paris
(in which Marlon Brando got naked and busy for two hours) and The Dreamers
, his latest movie, about an incestuous brother and sister. Bertolucci's also quite familiar with epic filmmaking. The Conformist
, his 1970 breakthrough, marks the first time he staged a contentious classic. Set in Italy right before World War II, the film being shown tonight at the Cleveland Cinematheque in a pristine new print traces an eager-to-please fascist's path to an assassination plot. His initial reluctance gives way to a willingness to conform. It's a disquieting portrait of fascism, emotional detachment, and most of all, one man's disturbing readiness to do anything to fit in.
Fri., Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 28, 9:30 p.m.
Bernardo Bertolucci is no stranger to controversy. The acclaimed Italian director helmed both