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Last Tango In Paris
Dernier Tango à Paris
1972

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. With Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider,

Last Tango In Paris

Maria Schneider's first major role, appearing with Marlon Brando. A groundbreaking and provocative film; it became notorious due to an improvised rape scene, orchestrated by Brando and originally not in the script. The director was arrested for "obscenity" in Italy and the film banned in that country for fifteen years. Maria suddenly found herself in a firestorm of publicity, hounded by European paparazzi and the center of attention in both the popular and tabloid press.  Both Brando and Ms. Schneider would become estranged from Bertolucci following this project, but Bertolucci would go on to direct the Oscar winning The Last Emperor, which took home nine Academy Awards. From my point of view it is a pity that Maria suffered so much notoriety, basically her entire life, from a very brief scene in a single movie.  Unfortunately she is not the only young woman who has been exploited to market a product.
Synopsis
While looking for an apartment, Jeanne, a beautiful young Parisienne, encounters Paul, a mysterious American expatriate mourning his wife's recent suicide. Instantly drawn to each other, they have a stormy, passionate affair, in which they do not reveal their names to each other. Their relationship deeply affects their lives, as Paul struggles with his wife's death and Jeanne prepares to marry her fiance, Tom, a film director making a cinema-verite documentary about her.
  (from IMDB)

Un quadragénaire américain erre dans Paris à la suite du suicide de son épouse. Dans un appartement à louer du 16 arronissement, près du pont de Bir-Hakeim et de la station de métro Passy. Il rencontre une jeune femme, fille de colonel et de 20 ans sa cadette, en phase de rupture, avec qui il engage une relation intense, houleuse, brève, mais désespérée. Elle « est à la mesure des tourments que provoque l'explosion du féminisme» d'après le réalisateur.  (wikipedia)