This is an incredibly erotic film that perfectly captures the complex emotions of these two lost souls trying to desperately cling to their last semblance of humanity through their carnal desires. For all its controversy it is a true masterpiece and Maria Schneider and Marlon Brando give knockout performances.
I got so bored watching this. Yes, Brando delivers some amazing monologues, but Maria Schneider's Jeanne is such a weak counterpoint. To me there wasn't any real chemistry or tension throughout the entire two hours, just him overpowering and abusing her. Not to mention the other uninteresting characters and scenes in between.
I'm becoming a Bertolucci's fan! He thinks and makes the scenes in a way that really turns me on. The story in Last Tango isn't 'that big story', but all the sexual atmosphere tranform the spectator(we) in a voyer that we never imagine we could be! haha. Beside, Marlon Brando is totally amazing! He never never fails.
Brando's performance is amazing just on how he just goes balls out. A risky performance that tests the boundaries of acting. A sexy and risque film that leaves you a bit shaken! Bertolucci in true auteur mode! A brilliant film!
The transgressive element of the production process revealed by Marie Schneider disqualifies the film from its masterpiece credentials. This is a contentious revisionist grade based on revelations regarding the criminal methods of Brando and Bertolucci in pursuit of harrowing 'authenticity'.