Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:
The theme for the Tacoma Film Club, now in its twelfth year is:
Tango Hotel: Ennui and the World.
This month we combine writer directors Charlie Kaufman, Bernardo Bertolucci & Sophia Coppola into an intricate collage of malaise and discovery.
This first week in February is masquerading as April, temps in the 50’s, sun breaks, another mild winter here in the South Sound. The Tacoma Film Club is excited about screening Bertolucci’s THE LAST TANGO IN PARIS (1972), this Friday, February 12, 2016.
This intense film has always sparked controversy, & has lost none of its shock value over the years–& it contains one of Marlon Brando’s best mid-career portrayals. The film was considered obscene, rated “X”, & was banned forever by the Italian courts. He even lost his civil rights for five years in Italy.
Bertolucci’s father was a famous poet, & he, too, became a published poet–until he worked as an assistant director for Pier Paolo Pasolini, & the lure of making films consumed him. He is known for non-linear timelines, & long, complex camera movements (aided immensely by his collaborator, Vittorio Storaro).
He works for years on pre-production for his films, giving us 25 films since 1962, including THE LAST EMPEROR (1987), that won 9 Oscars; other films include THE CONFORMIST (1970), 1900 (1976), LUNA (1979), LITTLE BUDDHA (1993), STEALING BEAUTY (1996), & THE DREAMERS (2003).
Bertolucci said, “I accept all interpretations of my films. The only reality is in front of the camera. Each film I make is a return to poetry.”
The cinematography is done by the talented Vittorio Storaro, who won Oscars for APOCALYPSE NOW (1979), REDS (1981), & THE LAST EMPEROR (1987). He had lensed 66 films since 1962, including THE CONFORMIST (1970), 1900 (1976), AGATHA (1979), LADYHAWKE (1985), TUCKER (1988), & BULWORTH (1998).
Storaro said, “All great films are a resolution of the conflict between darkness and light.”
The musical score was done by Jazz saxophonist, Gato Barbieri, who has scored 13 films since 1962, including AMORE, AMORE (1968), FIREPOWER starring O.J. Simpson, MANHATTAN BY NUMBERS (1993), and EAT, PRAY, LOVE (2010).
LAST TANGO IN PARIS (1972)
Written & Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci @ 129 minutes.
The films stars Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, Maria Michi, & Jean-Pierre Leaud.
Synopsis: A young Parisian woman meets a charismatic American businessman who demands that their clandestine affair be based solely on sex.
Bertolucci said, “Marlon Brando is an angel of a man, but a monster as an actor.”
The film was nominated for 2 Oscars, Best Director & Best Actor. IMDb rated it at 7.2 stars. Rotten Tomatoes gave it 81% Critic’s Approval, & 76% Audience Approval.
Jeffrey M. Anderson of COMBUSTIBLE CELLULOID wrote: “This emotional, sexual jumble of a movie contains some interesting ideas, and some gorgeous cinematic poetry.”
So mark your calendars for this Friday, February 12, 2016, & join the TFC for a screening of THE LAST TANGO IN PARIS. It will be shown at the Center for Spiritual Living, the church building we rent for our events, located at 206 N. J Street.
Arrive early, around 6:30 pm, & join many of us downstairs in the kitchen area for fun, fellowship, & film talk. It is permitted to break snacks or beverages to share with others. Clean up after your selves, & remember there is no food or drinks allowed upstairs in the sanctuary–there is a donation box near the entrance, & all donated funds go to pay the rent & other club functions.
Diane Jensen, Club Director, will have the club membership cards available for the annual fee of $20.00. THE LAST TANGO IN PARIS will screen at 7:30 pm, & it runs 129 minutes, so the curtain will fall before 10 pm.