60 Great Directors: Bernardo Bertolucci

“A monoculture is not only Hollywood, but Americans trying to export democracy. I don’t think you can in any way export culture with guns or tanks. I think that I used to love Hollywood movies. I remember great phases and moments. But, unfortunately, now is not the moment.”


What Got This Director Here?
: The Conformist.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: N/A.

What Did I Watch: The Last Emperor.

Where Does He Fit: Bertolucci’s Oscar win came for The Last Emperor, which seems oddly fitting considering The Conformist reportedly operates in a similar mode of style being the substance, to the point of overwhelming all other complaints about Chinese characters speaking in English, or the story being fairly straightforward in its narrative despite lasting nearly three hours. The sheer scope renders all other problems irrelevant. The abdication of the Emperor is a launching point for a civilization’s downfall into a pit of modernity. It’s traditionalist, perhaps, but what’s wrong with some sadness over the end of a major time? No surprise that not a single actor was nominated, though. Partially racism, and partially the stiffness of another language for most (Peter O’Toole is frankly not very good, Joan Chen is MVP).

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Most Valuable Asset: Color and scope about the way politics work.
Most Excited For: The Conformist.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Seems likely.

Coming Up Next: Murdered Marxist Pier Paolo Pasolini.

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