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Before the Revolution

Bertolucci's brilliantly assured second film is very loosely inspired by Stendhal's The Charterhouse of Parma, a novel the director adored. The story centres on the emotional and political conflicts within a young man, Fabrizio, ...

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Title: Before the Revolution
Genre: Romance, Drama
Cast: Francesco Barilli, Adriana Asti, Allen Midgette, Morando Morandini
Release Date: 2011-04-08
Production Country: Italy
Directed By: Bernardo Bertolucci
Film Duration: 112
Production Year: 1964
Distributor: BFI
Official Website: http://www.bfi.org.uk/whatson/node/20176

Synopsis: Bertolucci's brilliantly assured second film is very loosely inspired by Stendhal's The Charterhouse of Parma, a novel the director adored. The story centres on the emotional and political conflicts within a young man, Fabrizio, who is contemplating joining the Communist Party. But his personal life is even more unresolved, as he breaks away from his planned marriage to a perfect bourgeoise and becomes incestuously involved with his alluring aunt (Adriana Asti). Bertolucci's obsession for politics and cinema is openly expressed through this alter-ego and in the extraordinary freedom of his camerawork and editing. There are heartfelt allusions to the history of filmmaking - a cinephile friend cries out 'One cannot live without Rossellini', while an erotic love scene echoes Jean Vigo's L'Atalante - as well as to the city of his youth, with a climactic sequence at the opera that is breathtaking in its sweep and intensity.

Before the Revolution

Title: Before the Revolution
Genre: Romance, Drama
Cast: Francesco Barilli, Adriana Asti, Allen Midgette, Morando Morandini
Release Date: 2011-04-08
Production Country: Italy
Directed By: Bernardo Bertolucci
Film Duration: 112
Production Year: 1964
Distributor: BFI
Age Limit: 0+
Official Website: http://www.bfi.org.uk/whatson/node/20176

Synopsis: Bertolucci's brilliantly assured second film is very loosely inspired by Stendhal's The Charterhouse of Parma, a novel the director adored. The story centres on the emotional and political conflicts within a young man, Fabrizio, who is contemplating joining the Communist Party. But his personal life is even more unresolved, as he breaks away from his planned marriage to a perfect bourgeoise and becomes incestuously involved with his alluring aunt (Adriana Asti). Bertolucci's obsession for politics and cinema is openly expressed through this alter-ego and in the extraordinary freedom of his camerawork and editing. There are heartfelt allusions to the history of filmmaking - a cinephile friend cries out 'One cannot live without Rossellini', while an erotic love scene echoes Jean Vigo's L'Atalante - as well as to the city of his youth, with a climactic sequence at the opera that is breathtaking in its sweep and intensity.

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