Choice: Film - Last Tango in Paris
Tuesday 10 March 1998
Even in the middle of a big mistake - Little Buddha, anyone? - there are moments in every Bertolucci film which are shockingly good. Even the miscast and frankly dodgy La Luna had some ravishing scenes, and while Stealing Beauty didn't exactly set the world on fire, the visuals certainly lived up to the title. Bertolucci shot to infamy in 1972 with Last Tango in Paris, which was celebrated and reviled across the world for its notorious sex scenes which brought the biggest news in dairy products since Little Miss Muffet. Although various countries argued about how many minutes were to be excised from the release prints, the film as a whole is considerably more than a succes de scandale. Some women have understandably taken exception to the fact that Maria Schneider's character is far less developed than Marlon Brando's, but the film's depiction and discussion of the immediacy and distance of sex is genuinely startling.
Life & Style blogs
Three in every four British men will be overweight by 2030, says World Health Organisation
Rihanna's Met Gala dress took one Chinese woman 2 years to make, was reduced to omelette meme in 2 seconds
How to gain confidence and maximise your sexual potential
What do the emoji on Snapchat mean?
The 12 most sexually satisfied countries in the world revealed
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: Post-election 'shambles' looms as 70 per cent of voters say SNP 'should not be able to veto UK government policies'
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
- 1 Katie Hopkins gives rare glimpse of sensitive side with heartfelt open letter to her children penned in case she dies from epilepsy
- 2 Rihanna's Met Gala dress took one Chinese woman 2 years to make, was reduced to omelette meme in 2 seconds
- 3 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to replace Jeremy Clarkson and co
- 4 Frankie Boyle on Scottish independence: 'In the Interests of Unity, F**k Off'
- 5 Florida couple forced to register as sex offenders for having sex on public beach
£35000 - £50000 per annum + generous bonus: Ashdown Group: Business Analytics ...
£45000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Project Coordinator (Software Dev...
£60000 - £70000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...
£25000 - £30000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: A global leader operating...