I originally wrote this with the movie ” Fifty Shades of Grey ” in mind! But it seems in my current thoughts this is turning into a blog on the ” Last Tango in Paris “. I need to mention since I have not seen the movie nor read the book ( FSG) then my apologies up front to the fans of  the ” Last Tango in Paris “, to put the two in the same content! I think LSP  is a masterpiece!

Bernardo Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris (1972) revolves around the spontaneous sexual chemistry between a bitter middle-aged American widower and a naive French girl about to be married. They are drawn into an entirely physical relationship, some of it involving butter, after a chance meeting in an empty Paris apartment. They know nothing about each other, not even their names. The man was played by one of the most famous and admired actors in the world, Marlon Brando. The woman, Maria Schneider, was completely unknown. For better or worse, it was the role with which Schneider, who has died of cancer aged 58, would always be associated.

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Here is what I wrote this morning:

Good morning ! I Read a blog this morning by my friend writer and blogger Laura Marjorie Miller about the movie ” Fifty Shades of Grey ” ! Her post is enchanting and it made me think ! I’m glad she has observed that women are more interested in this movie and book than men are !

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One of my very favourite top five movies is “Last tango in Paris “.  Indeed due to my age I didn’t see it when it came out but I know it made this big splash in the 70’s. Since then I have watched it 29 times and own it!

I’m in love with Bernardo Bertolucci ( brilliant ) ! Grimaldi , Stroraro ( cinematographer ) , Marlon Brando..  Brando confessed in his autobiography, “To this day I can’t say what Last Tango In Paris was about” and added the film “required me to do a lot of emotional arm wrestling with myself, and when it was finished, I decided that I wasn’t ever again going to destroy myself emotionally to make a movie. I felt I had violated my innermost self and I didn’t want to suffer like that anymore … You can’t fake it.”

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And of course my uncanny resemblance with Maria Schneider, then  ! I have been told and a few times I was stopped by strangers in Paris . I used to have hair exactly as Jeanne in the movie! Sadly Schneider has passed away due to the complication of Cancer -1952-2011..According to the critic Roger Ebert: “Maria Schneider doesn’t seem to act her role so much as to exude it. On the basis of this movie, indeed, it’s impossible to really say whether she can act or not. That’s not her fault. Bertolucci directs her that way. He wants a character who ultimately does not quite understand the situation she finds herself in.”

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AND my favourite soundtrack of all time with Gato Barbieri ( One of my favorite jazz tenor and saxophonist from Argentina ) ..This sound ALWAYS brings me into tears! it always reminds of the sorrow of Brando in the movie!

To this day , I feel most people didn’t GET the movie! The movie to me is not about erotic sex ! To me the movie is not about the butter scene! But the sadness and loneliness of the character of M. Brando, a middle aged man avoiding love but being entangled with a full stranger erotically trying to avoid love, then falling in love and being deceived by death twice ! To me LTIP is about love , loss , loneliness , doubts , finding love , loosing love, deceive..

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The review, which ran for 3,500 words over several pages, had the desired effect for Last Tango In Paris! Everyone was talking about Last Tango in Paris: There was a photo spread of Brando and Schneider at carnal play – her naked, him not so much – in Playboy magazine, both Time and Newsweek ran cover stories on the film and, in an unprecedented marketing ploy, United Artists ran Kael’s entire review in a two-page ad in The New York Times. By the time January rolled around, with the movie finally scheduled to meet the public (it would open a month later in the rest of the United States and Canada), you were more likely to find someone who admitted to supporting Richard Nixon than who hadn’t heard of Last Tango.

“And the sex? Good question. Possibly the least interesting thing about Last Tango today is what made it so shocking once upon a time, which says a lot about how quickly sexual controversy expires compared to any other form of outrage. Today’s eye will spot the simulated nature of the various acts way more quickly than back then, when persistent rumours flew that they were really doing it.”

But I thought the mainstream is over the butter scene!!!!?

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Anyway back to my thoughts and why I began this blog !? My question was why women are more interested to see Fifty Shades of Grey which made $30 million , opening night..And Again I have not read or seen it yet as of yet..I have a problem with the cast. The main characters don’t cut it for me but maybe Netflix it later.. I find them both , boring! There don’t have umph!

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Thanks Laura . Your blog intrigued me to think it !

The only reason I compare the two, it was the mistaken Erotica in LTIP and the erotically bored society ! And the ones who are still seeing butter as butter!

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4 thoughts on “Life in THE butter scene! “Last Tango in Paris “

  1. One thing Last Tango has going for it that these other wannabe sex monuments don’t, is a classic, powerhouse central performance, I did see it when it came out in the 70s, but I don’t recall anyone seriously thinking a big star like Brando would “do it for real” on film. Last Tango came out at a time when there were actual big budget filmed explicit adult movies in regular theaters, a decade long fad called “porno chic”. If you wanted to see “real” sex in movies, in a normal environment with a regular audience, you could.

  2. I really have been wanting to see Last Tango for a while. And your article reminded me of that. I am going to watch it as soon as I get home tonight. And I agree with the 50 Shades of Grey comment. The characters really don’t do it for me.

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