The world is saying goodbye to one of the greatest minds behind many brilliant films that have become the cinema’s most praised classics. Bernardo Bertolucci, the man who created a new wave in the Italian film industry and made it successful not only in his homeland but in Hollywood as well, passed away.
Farewell to Bernardo Bertolucci, Honorary Palme at #Cannes2011 for his entire career after chairing the Jury in 1990. Before the Revolution, The Conformist, 1900, Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man... A giant of Italian filmmaking, he will remain forever a leading light in world cinema. pic.twitter.com/8e8pg1Nqrk— Festival de Cannes (@Festival_Cannes) November 26, 2018
Bernardo Bertolucci did something that very few European filmmakers were able to do and became known in the whole world. Bertolucci most famous work is ‘Last Tango in Paris,’ a story of a middle-aged man, played by Marlon Brando, having an obsessive affair with a younger woman, portrayed by Maria Schneider.
Marlon Brando and Bernardo Bertolucci with Maria Schneider in the background on the set of "Last Tango in Paris" 1972 pic.twitter.com/T2ii9FUlD4— Donald Fenn (@augustfenn) November 24, 2018
The film, which contained explicit scenes of emotional abuse and sex, asked for a scandal. It was attacked by many moralists and even lead to the loss of Bertolucci’s civil rights, preventing him to vote for 5 years.
The director remembers that time by saying:
It was one of the worst moments in my relationship with my country.
However, anger changed to mercy after Bertolucci's next film "The Last Emperor," which won nine Academy Award categories in 1988.
The award-winning film director passed away at 77 years old after losing his battle with cancer. The sad news was confirmed by Italian officials on Monday.
Many people sent their tributes, including former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who called Bertolucci ‘one of the great masters of Italian cinema'.
RIP Bernardo Bertolucci, thank you for the dreams pic.twitter.com/WxctJH6m6T— spyros gkelis (@northaura) November 26, 2018
RIP Bernardo Bertolucci. I've seen 1900 a few times and each time I've been blown away by its ambition & energy. As Pauline Kael said, it made other films look like "something you hold up at the end of a toothpick." What a run he had in the '70s, with The Conformist & Last Tango. pic.twitter.com/vY7IOdzmTU— Philip Concannon (@Phil_on_Film) November 26, 2018
This is something that I dream about: to live films, to arrive at the point at which one can live for films, can think cinematographically, eat cinematographically, sleep cinematographically, as a poet, a painter, lives, eats, sleeps painting.— Juan Ferrer (@JuanFerrerVila) November 26, 2018
Bernardo Bertolucci#RIPBertolucci pic.twitter.com/4YsDmshFUT
Bernardo Bertolucci will always be remembered as a genius of cinematography, who revolutionized European cinema.
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