Rome, Bernardo Bertolucci, Italian director of
Last Tango in Paris and The Last Emperor, has died in Rome, aged 77.
Born in Parma in 1941, his other films included The Conformist,
The Dreamers, 1900 and The Sheltering Sky.
Winner of two Oscars, for directing and co-writing The Last
Emperor, he was known for his bold visual style and the controversy
stoked by Last Tango in Paris.
His final feature, Me and You, had its premiere at the Cannes
Film Festival in 2012.
Bertolucci began his career as an assistant director to Pier Paolo
Pasolini on his 1961 film Accattone.
He directed his first feature, 1962’s La Commare Secca, at the
age of 21.
The films Before the Revolution and The Spider’s Stratagem
followed although it was Last Tango – starring Marlon Brando – that
brought him to the attention of the world.
Bertolucci’s most critically successful film was The Last Emperor,
a biopic of the Chinese emperor Pu Yi, which won nine Oscars in 1988,
including best picture.
Bertolucci received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in
2008 and was awarded an honorary Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2011, the
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