Goodbye, Genius: Bernardo Bertolucci, Director Of ‘Last Tango In Paris’, Dies At 77 Years Old

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.

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The genius

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.

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.

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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.

Saying goodbye

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.

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Many people sent their tributes, including former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who called Bertolucci ‘one of the great masters of Italian cinema'.

Bernardo Bertolucci will always be remembered as a genius of cinematography, who revolutionized European cinema.

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