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Theme Of Last Tango In Paris

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LAST TANGO IN PARIS As the title suggests, Last Tango in Paris is set in Paris and the main plot concentrates on two people’s loneliness, Paul (Marlon Brando), a 45-year-old old American man and Jeanne (Maria Schneider), a 20-year-old French woman born in an aristocratic environment, the daughter of a Colonel and engaged to a young film director, Tom. After Paul’s wife suicide, his life dramatically changes and he finds himself lost in a foreign, yet known, city. The despair drives Paul to find a shelter to comfort himself, far away from everything that could remind him of Rose, his now-deceased wife. An empty apartment for rent is the location where the two main characters meet. In fact, while Paul was escaping from love, Jeanne was looking…show more content…
“The apartment becomes an enclosed, private world that belongs solely to Paul and Jeanne.”5 Within the unconventional relationship, they both explore their sexuality, though there is just one rule – neither can reveal any detail of their lives, including their names. One day Paul visits Marcel, a man who lived in the hotel that Paul inherited from his wife, and they began to discuss Rose and why she ended her own life. They wore the same nightgown from Rose as a present, one for Paul, her husband, and one for Marcel, her lover. Paul walks into the room where Rose’s funeral and wake took place, and he sits alone by Rose’s casket and begins to insult her, asking why she left him; at that moment, Paul realized that he never really know the person that Rose was and he starts to…show more content…
London: BFI Modern Classics, 1998. Page 21 7 copies were confiscated with Bernardo Bertolucci, Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider and Alberto Grimaldi (the producer) all condemned “to two month of prison with suspension”.7 As a result of the sentence, Bertolucci lost his civil rights and was restricted from voting for five years. The movie was banned in Italy for fourteen years until 1987, when a judge allowed it to be publicly viewed because it was no longer considered obscene. Bertolucci confessed: “I think the young people who saw it after the ban was lifted were a bit disappointed; they thought it was a very chaste movie.”8 The movie was also banned in Spain under Franco’s regime, so many Spanish went up to the French border to watch it: “The film also played for months in Biarritz, where it was estimated that ninety per cent of the audience was
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