Tag Archives: Bernardo Bertolucci

Last Tango in Paris

There are several good reasons to watch Bernardo Bertolucci’s controversial Last Tango in Paris, but not all of them make for palatable viewing.

The Lives of Others

An examination of life in East Germany under the the terrifying control of the Stasi, The Lives of Others frustrated survivors of the totalitarian regime.

Investigation of a Citizen above Suspicion

Elio Petri’s bitterly satirical Oscar winner from 1970 cuts a stark picture of today’s political leaders.

The Rules of the Game

Reviled and banned upon its release, then seemingly destroyed and lost forever, Jean Renoir’s The Rules of the Game stands today as a victory for liberalism.

Miller’s Crossing

The plot to Miller’s Crossing is so complex, it’s hard to even figure out where and when it is set. And that’s before we discuss the meaning of Tom Reagan’s hat.

The Conformist

Few films are as layered as The Conformist. But whether you see it as an exercise in style, character study, or philosophical thesis, it’s a flat out masterpiece.

Blue is the Warmest Color

Blue is the Warmest Color generated controversy with its love scenes. But at three hours long, there’s more to it than that.

City of God

Adapted from Paolo Lin’s non-fiction novel, director Fernando Meirelles cast non-actors to capture life, death and everything in-between in Rio’s favelas.

The Most Influential Films Ever Made – Part Two

The films that really changed the course of cinema are often ones few people have seen.

In the Mood for Love

Taking elements from the European art film and a British melodrama, Hong Kong’s Wong Kar-wai delivered a masterpiece of aching beauty.

The English Patient

Lyrical language and elliptical plotting can work in a novel, but don’t necessarily make for good films. Does The English Patient succeed?

Blade Runner

This video-essay on Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner examines the unique ways in which the film visualizes its numerous and seemingly disparate themes of urbanity, ecology, identity and mortality.


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