Offscreen Notes

Bernardo Betolucci 1941-November 26, 2018

November 26th, 2018

A few days ago it was Nicolas Roeg (Nov. 23) and today cinema loses another legend, with the passing of Bernardo Bertolucci (Variety). Bertolucci was at the forefront of International cinema of the 1960s and 1970s, managing to breakthrough into more mainstream acceptance, with films such as Last Tango at Paris, Last Emperor, and The Sheltering Sky, while still maintaining a formal elegance and complexity. The two films, made back to back in 1970, were The Spider’s Stratagem and The Conformist. Essays on both films can be found here and here.

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