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Last Tango in Paris Movie Review Summary

Actors: Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider

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Jeanne, a gorgous 20-year-old, French girl, meets Paul, a middle-aged American expatriate when they are both looking to rent the same apartment. Inexplicably drawn to one another, they have sex, and when Paul takes the apartment, Jeanne agrees to return there often. There, they have numerous sexual encounters, but, by Paul's insistence, they never tell each other their names or their histories. Each has something to hide: Jeanne is preparing to marry a filmmaker, who is preoccupied with making a documentary about her. Paul's secret is darker: he is coping with the recent suicide of his wife. As their sex life becomes more complicated, kinky, and twisted, each must decide whether their affair is about more than just sex.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Judy Berman




One of the most controversial movies that Bernardo Bertolucci made - and definitely the most unconventional role Marlon Brando played - "Last Tango in Paris" shocks with its stark sexuality which almost overshadows Brando's brilliant performance and the metaphorical narrative. While looking for an apartment in Paris, Paul(Brando) and Jeanne( Schneider) happen to meet inside one and are instantly attracted to each other by an almost animalistic sexual urge. For three days following that, they continue an affair without knowing each other's names or for that matter anything else about one another. While Paul is trying to assuage the pain from his wife's suicide, Jeanne has her own doubts about her impending marriage to a film director and revels in Paul's sexual prowess. Inside the seedy apartment, they escape from the realities of the world and immerse themselves in sexual ecstasy. But this arrangement is only ephemeral and sooner or later, they have to get back to the world waiting outside the closed doors.
The review of this Movie prepared by Biswa



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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   boatload of casual sex without love Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   really kinky sex! Coping with loss of    -   Wife/girlfriend/squeeze Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American    -   French

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France City?    -   Yes City:    -   Paris

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes Any profanity?    -   A lot of foul language

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