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Last Tango in Paris

1972, Bernardo Bertolucci, France, 126 min.
With Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider

Show Times

  • Sun, Jan 12th 5:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 16th 8:00pm

"This must be the most powerfully erotic movie ever made, and it may turn out to be the most liberating movie ever made...Bertolucci and Brando have altered the face of an art form. Who was prepared for that?"—Pauline Kael

"Brando's most unsparing, magnetic performance."—Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune.

Paul (Brando), a recently widowed expatriate American in Paris, embarks on a three-day sexual tryst with a compliant stranger (Schneider) in a rampage aimed at ravaging her body and soul. The film achieved instant notoriety as much for Brando’s vulgar, funny, revealing self-reflexive monologues as for the violent anonymous sex transparently rooted in a quest for self-obliteration. In English and French with English subtitles. 4K DCP digital restoration. (BS)

Pauline Kael's lengthy, renowned review of LAST TANGO IN PARIS can be accessed in this link.

Note: Contains explicit sexual content.

Note: LAST TANGO, along with BONNIE AND CLYDE, was Kael's most famous cause célèbre. We present it in that historical context, while alerting or reminding patrons that the film has received allegations of exploitative treatment of its lead actress.

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for WHAT SHE SAID: THE ART OF PAULINE KAEL, and get a ticket for any one film in the Kael's Causes Célèbres series at this discount rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount price applies to the second film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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