This 52-minute documentary tells the story of Bernardo Bertolucci’s widely-acclaimed film Last tango in Paris. It explores the intimate, personal and collective adventure that led to the creation of the movie, as well as the impact the film had on society, mirroring an era. Last tango in Paris has taken on almost mythical proportions for film-lovers around the world. It was a cultural milestone and marked the transition from May 68 in Europe to the sexual revolution, the feminist struggle and the fight for gay rights.
Serge July interviews the director Bernardo Bertolucci, the actress Maria Schneider, the cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, the feminist author Germaine Greer and other personalities who all reveal their personal vision of this controversial film but also tell us a lot about themselves. We learn about Maria Schneider’s nightmare and why she never wanted to see Bertolucci ever again and how Marlon Brando felt this film was a violation of his personality.
What becomes clear, however, is that none of them came out unharmed from this mad adventure.