Paris, spring 1968. While most students take the lead in the May ‘revolution’, a French poet’s twin son Theo and daughter Isabelle enjoy the good life in his grand Paris home. As film buffs they meet and ‘adopt’ modest, conservatively educated Californian student Matthew. With their parents away for a month, they drag him into an orgy of indulgence of all senses, losing all of his and the last of their innocence. A sexual threesome shakes their rapport, yet only the outside reality will break it up. –IMDb
Bernardo Bertolucci proved to be Italian cinema’s great prodigy, making his debut The Grim Reaper at the age of 22, and Before the Revolution at the age of 24; achievements comparable to Orson Welles directing Citizen Kane at the age of 25. He was born in Parma in 1940. He initially followed the footsteps of his father Attilio, a noted poet and critic. His poetry received prizes at competitions and a collection of his work was published while he was still a teenager. But his attention was already diverted to the cinema, especially after viewing Godard’s Breathless. His planned transition from poetry to cinema found an accomplice in fellow poet Pier Paolo Pasolini. A family friend, he regarded Bertolucci as a kindred spirit and tasked him as his assistant on his landmark debut, Accattone. The experience, described by Bertolucci as witnessing “the invention of the cinema” further ignited his own ambitions.
The Grim Reaper was based on a story by Pasolini but the resulting film displayed… read more
No, no, no. While there are a lot of positives to the film (the look, the acting) i can't get over the fact it is counter-revolutionary trash. What is the director saying? Paris '68 was just a bunch of freaky rich kids with superficial interests in Mao and no genuine ambition for change. This from a guy who wasn't there. I imagine French filmmakers of the time would be appalled.
The renowned critic, novelist and screenwriter worked with Ruiz and Bertolucci.
Paris, spring 1968. While most students take the lead in the May ‘revolution’, a French poet’s twin son Theo and daughter Isabelle enjoy the good life in his grand Paris home. As film buffs they meet… read review
Um olhar voyeurístico à classe burguesa do cinema.
Que maneira estranha – mas não menos inteligente – de o mostrar. Ainda que em jeito de homenagem, é a revelação de… read review
Maybe I just can’t help like a film about film lovers that references a ton of other great films but after just finishing The Dreamers I have to say I loved it. So lets put aside the film lover aspect… read review