ROME • Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci, whose movies embody Last Tango In Paris and 1900, died yesterday, Italian media stated.
He was 77. His publicist stated he died at home in Rome from most cancers.
Considered one of many giants of Italian cinema, he additionally mined success in Hollywood and was the one Italian ever to win the Oscar for greatest movie, snapping up the award in 1988 for The Last Emperor.
The biographical masterpiece in regards to the final Chinese emperor received a complete of 9 Oscars, all of these for which it was nominated, together with Best Director.
It was additionally touted as the primary Western epic about China that was made with the Chinese government’s cooperation.
Born in Parma, north-eastern Italy, in 1941, Bertolucci made movies that have been typically extremely politicised, coping with staff’ struggles within the 1976 film 1900 or the destiny of left-wingers in fascist Italy in The Conformist (1970).
He acquired notoriety for his 1972 erotic drama Last Tango In Paris starring Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider, which featured a controversial intercourse scene involving butter.
But others famous that the film explored politics and sexuality too.
According to commerce publication Variety, Bertolucci later revealed that the scene was not advised to Schneider, then 19, upfront, as a way to get an genuine response from her “as a girl, not as an actress”.
But the controversy over the film allowed him to faucet a high-profile solid, together with Robert De Niro, Gerard Depardieu and Burt Lancaster, for his 300-minute epic 1900, the Guardian famous.
When requested in 2013 how he want to be remembered, Bertolucci stated: “I do not care. I believe my films are there, individuals can see them.
“And sometimes I laugh, thinking I will be remembered more as a talent scout of young girls than as a film director.”
The checklist of starlets he found contains Dominique Sanda in The Conformist, Schneider, Liv Tyler in Stealing Beauty (1996) and Eva Green, who made her display debut in The Dreamers (2003).
Bertolucci, who had been wheelchair-bound for greater than a decade, received an honorary Palme d’Or for his life’s work on the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.