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Before the Revolution (1964); The Grim Reaper (1962)

Before the Revolution (1964)
October 12, 2012 - 7:30 pm

Before the Revolution (1964)

"Here is a new talent of outstanding promise" - The New York Times

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

Fabrizio’s passage to adulthood is marked by the death of an adored childhood friend and then by an affair with his aunt. He faces an existential dilemma: is it possible to maintain one’s youthful ideals and be a member of the bourgeoisie? Offering the suggestion of a libidinal politics with emancipatory potential, the film foreshadows Bertolucci’s later explorations of the link between the sexual and the political.

Cineriz. Producer: Gianni Amico. Screenwriter: Bernardo Bertolucci, Gianni Amico. Cinematographer: Aldo Scavarda. Editor: Roberto Perpignani. Cast: Adriana Asti, Francesco Barilli, Allen Midgette, Morando Morandini, Cristina Pariset.

35mm, b/w, 115 min.

The Grim Reaper (1962)

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

When a prostitute is found dead in a park, the police interview those who were near the scene of the crime. Widely varied accounts reveal the Roman lower depths of hustlers, pimps and petty thieves. The director has said that the film was made under the spell of Pasolini, but the complex temporal back-and-forth and the camera’s restless energy are pure Bertolucci.

Cineriz. Producer: Antonio Cervi. Screenwriter: Bernardo Bertolucci, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Sergio Citti. Cinematographer: Giovanni Narzisi. Editor: Nino Baragli. Cast: Francesco Ruiu, Giancarlo de Rosa, Vincenzo Ciccora, Alfredo Leggi, Gabriella Giorgelli.

35mm, b/w, 95 min.