Bernardo Bertolucci (1941 - 2018)

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Bernardo Bertolucci (Valery Hache / AFP / Getty Images) Bernardo Bertolucci in the 2018 Memorials Photo Gallery Enlarged Photo
Bernardo Bertolucci (1941 – 2018) was an Italian director whose films were often critically-acclaimed and frequently controversial. “The Last Emperor” (1987), a film about the life of Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, swept the Academy Awards, winning him Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. It also took home the Oscar for Best Picture. “Last Tango in Paris” (1972) was banned in his native Italy for its graphic depiction of an anonymous, and sometimes violent, sexual relationship between an older man and younger woman. His film “The Conformist” (1970) is regarded as a masterpiece of world cinema for its depiction of a man conforming to fit the norms of Fascist Italy.

His films frequently explored themes of sexuality and psychology while featuring rich cinematography. He worked with several Hollywood stars, including Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, and Keanu Reeves, as well as helping to launch Liv Tyler and Eva Green to stardom.

He was married to British screenwriter and director Clare Peploe from 1979 until his death.

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