Director Bernardo Bertolucci shamed after Last Tango in Paris controversy

Director Bernardo Bertolucci shamed after Last Tango in Paris controversy

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The director of 1972 film Last Tango in Paris admits that the films infamous rape scene was shot without the actress Maria Schneider’s full consent

A video from a 2013 interview resurfaced over the weekend in which Bernardo Bertolucci detailed the lack of consent behind a harrowing, explicit and largely-unscripted rape scene (which simulated the use of butter as lubricant for a forced sex act) involving the then 19-year old actress Maria Schneider and the 48-year old Marlon Brando in his film, Last Tango In Paris.

In the video below, Bertolucci explains, "In the sequence of 'the butter', it's an idea I had with Marlon in the morning before shooting it. But I've been, in a way, horrible to Maria because I didn't tell her what was going on. Because I wanted her reaction as a girl not as an actress. I wanted her to react humiliated." He continued, "I think she hated me and also marlon because we didn't tell her. That detail of the butter used as a lubricant. I still feel very guilty for that."

In a 2007 interview with the Daily Mail, Schneider explained feeling violated during filming. "I should have called my agent or had my lawyer come to the set because you can't force someone to do something that isn't in the script, but at the time, I didn't know that. Marlon said to me: 'Maria, don't worry, it's just a movie,' but during the scene, even though what Marlon was doing wasn't real, I was crying real tears. I felt humiliated and to be honest, I felt a little raped, both by Marlon and by Bertolucci. After the scene, Marlon didn't console me or apologise. Thankfully, there was just one take,"

Understandably, the film industry has been speaking out in disgust.

Speaking out in response to the uproar, the director issued a statement this week that explained, "I specified, but perhaps was not clear, that I decided with Marlon Brando not to inform Maria that we would [use] butter.

"We wanted her spontaneous reaction to that improper use [of butter]. This is where the misunderstanding lies."

Whatever the misunderstanding, a woman walked away feeling deeply violated and Bertolucci's indiscretion will be unlikely to be forgotten.

Sadly for Schneider, this vindication comes posthumously, following her death in 2011. In the Daily Mail interview five years before her death, she admitted,  "I've not really forgiven [Bertolucci] for the way he treated me."

Director Bernardo Bertolucci shamed after Last Tango in Paris controversy (фото 1)