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LAST  TANGO  IN  PARIS

 

This 1973 film stars Marlon Brando as a middle-aged American who meets a French girl and tries to forget his wife's suicide with a short, extremely steamy affair.  Brando gives one of his best performances.  Maria Schneider plays the girl and it is directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. 

 

Both Brando and Bertolucci were nominated for Academy Awards but did not win.  (Jack Lemmon won that year for his role in Save the Tiger.  Others nominated that year were Jack Nicholson for The Last Detail, Al Pacino for Serpico and Robert Redford for The Sting.) The New York Film Critics and the National Society of Film Critics both gave Brando their awards.

 

Other Brando performances that you should not miss include: On the Waterfront, Viva Zapata, and A Streetcar Named Desire.

 

Other films by Bertolucci include: The Last Emperor and The Conformist.

 

"The intensity of Brando's anger and humor, and the desperation with which he sets out to insulate himself from the world through this affair, are very special to behold.  His language---crude, witty, magnificently vulgar---and the stories that tumble out in the form of random monologues are unlike anything we've ever heard on the screen before" (From Vincent Canby's New York Times review when the film came out in 1973).

 

 

 

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night   by   Dylan Thomas

 

Do not go gentle into that good night

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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