Sunday, May 18, 2008

Film and Architecture

In a recent plug for a screening of "Last Tango in Paris," director, Bernardo Bertolucci's (He was 31 years old at the time!) controversial 1972 film starring Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider, The New Yorker film critic Anthony Lane said an interesting thing. Referring to the many elements of this classic film that are smothered in the explicit carnal aspects, Lane says this:

It was hailed as a breakthrough and also viewed with trepidation when it first showed in New York, in 1972, yet the public's reaction was so focused on the movie's carnal bravado that its other, more furtive concerns may have escaped attention. In its reading of architectural space, for instance---of the way in which bodies can lose themselves in rooms---it has few peers..."

Now you have a righteous excuse to go Netflix "Last Tango in Paris", a movie in which terrible despair stokes intense desire---one of the most shocking and sexually explicit movies in film history. See it for the architecture.

No comments: