Bertolucci, Féret, Resnais ... DVDs and boxes that "Le Monde" recommends for Christmas

In 1972, the immense international success of the Last Tango in Paris made Bernardo Bertolucci a young prodigy in which Paramount, who came in support of his producer Alberto Grimaldi, was to take an interest in.The opportunity for the filmmaker to tackle a phenomenal project, a huge peasant saga that would retrace the first half of the 20th century seen through a history of the class struggle in Emilia-Romagna.Bernardo Bertolucci begins writing the screenplay with his brother Giuseppe and his editor Franco "Kim" Arcalli.It was an odd time, generous and undoubtedly confused, which made such a thing possible, Hollywood financing an exaltation of the struggles of the peasants of Emilia-Romagna according to a Marxist vision (that of the PCI Gramscism) of history Bertolucci dreams of fusing the aesthetics of the great Soviet frescoes with that of Hollywood blockbusters through the story of two friends, one of whom is the son of a landowner (Robert De Niro), the other modest farm worker (Gérard Depardieu) .They were born on the same day, at the beginning of the 20th century, and span, from childhood to maturity, the political history of Italy until the the fall of Mussolini and the end of the Second World War, the great agricultural strikes from the beginning of the century to the Liberation, the brutal rise of fascism to the hoped-for hypothesis, at the end of the war, of a collectivization of land.The film ends with a mock trial against the landowner, tearing the spectator between his desire for an accomplishment of the peasants' struggle and the desire to be spared the character played by Robert De Niro.

Posted Date: 2020-11-25

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