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The film's raw portrayal of sexual violence and emotional turmoil led to international controversy and drew various levels of government censorship in different venues. After revisions were made to the MPAA ratings code in , the film was reclassified NC for "some explicit sexual content". Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer released a censored R-rated cut in
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David Edelstein, the "butter scene" in "Last Tango" and the darkness of the internet
The late director sparked a lot of controversy with the rape scene in his film Last Tango in Paris. Bernardo Bertolucci 's successful career did not come without controversy. The director, who has died at age 77 following a short battle with cancer, sparked huge controversy with a rape scene in his movie Last Tango in Paris. He once admitted that actress Maria Schneider, who died in , hated him so much because of what happened to her in the scene that she never spoke to him again once filming had wrapped. Bertolucci even confessed that he'd conspired with actor Marlon Brando to use a stick of butter as lubricant to simulate sex without her consent.
CNN "Last Tango in Paris" gained Bernardo Bertolucci both international recognition after its release and a notoriety that dogged the director for the rest of his life. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. The film's graphic sex scenes shocked viewers and won critical acclaim. The film centers on a sadomasochistic affair in a Paris apartment between a young girl, played by Maria Schneider, and a middle-aged American hotelier Marlon Brando. Brando's character insists that they find out nothing about each other as they embark on a sexual relationship, which ends in tragedy. The film's graphic scenes of sex and rape shocked audiences around the world, particularly a scene in which Brando's character user butter as a lubricant as he anally rapes Schneider's character.