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Italian Film Director, Bernardo Bertolucci Dies At 77



Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci has died at the age of 77. The Director died in Paris on Monday morning (Nov. 26) after a battle with cancer. He had been a wheelchair user for the last decade following unsuccessful surgery for a herniated disc.


Born in Parma in 1941, his other films included The Conformist, The Dreamers, 1900 and The Sheltering Sky. Winner of two Oscars, for directing and co-writing The Last Emperor, he was known for his bold visual style and the controversy stoked by Last Tango in Paris’s explicit sexual content.

A spokesperson confirmed to the BBC he died of cancer after a short illness. His final feature, Me and You, had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012.



Bertolucci began his career as an assistant director to Pier Paolo Pasolini on his 1961 film Acc.

He directed his first feature, 1962’s La Commare Secca, at the age of 21. The films Before the Revolution and The Spider’s Stratagem followed, although it was Last Tango – starring Marlon Brando – that brought him to the attention of the world.

The film, about an American businessman who begins a sexual lyrics charged relationship with a young Frenchwoman, was banned in several countries.

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