Thoughts on Last Tango in Paris

Monday, October 25, 2010 3:30 PM By Simon

-Believe it or not, my dears, there is more to this movie than the butter scene. There's the finger scene too.

-Of course I kid. This is actually pretty good. Brando is brilliant, but in that accessible way I find disquieting on him. And he speaks French in what I assume is an American accent (it all sounds just French). Maria Schneider, too, brings her own kind of charisma to a role that is often dismissed as naked prancing.

-Anyway. Not much to add, otherwise. I quite like the last ten minutes.

2 comments:

Yojimbo_5 said...

What? You didn't think this was as revolutionary as "Rite of Spring" like Pauline Kael did?

Neither do I, frankly. Still, it is good beyond "the naughty bits," in that way that Bertolucci can be good, just short of embarrassing. And there is a nice statement about choosing to move beyond the blithely academic but not so much into the morosely sanctimonious that I like.

October 26, 2010 at 1:23 PM
Simon said...

Yojimbo: I understood almost all of what I assume was your compliment towards me, so thank you! Bertolucci, from what else I've seen (The Dreamers) is something of a narcissist makes a hobby out of films potraying his wet dreams. Not a fan, but I liked this.

October 29, 2010 at 3:10 PM