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'.
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.
Dicono che tutto sembri più bello quando inquadrato con la macchina da presa, sicuramente vale per quando dietro la macchina ci sono Bertolucci e Storaro. La composizione visiva delle scene è di una bellezza disarmante per tutta la durata del film, così come lo è la performance di Brando. Lo stesso non si può dire della protagonista che purtroppo non raggiunge mai il livello del suo amante carnale. Notevole davvero.
Half of me didn't like this movie, yet the other half was constantly challenged throughout in terms of themes and its perception of human relationships (the shalloweness), which, contrary to what has been preached, it's not the universal way of relating - what you saw portrayed was a very specific kind of bound, you shouln't generalize it.
3.5 stars. I cannot resolve my feelings. Brando is fascinating. Maria Schneider is a miracle. The pairing is so alive. I am not sure what is being achieved. Are we stripping an icon? Are we breaking sexual taboos? Are we reaching new levels of artistry? I don't know. Maybe it is too much to ask. I wish I loved the film more. I prefer "The Conformist."