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'Last Tango in Paris' Rape Scene Was Not Consensual, Director Bernardo Bertolucci Reveals

'Last Tango in Paris' Rape Scene Was Not Consensual, Director Bernardo Bertolucci Reveals

The rape scene between Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider in the film Last Tango in Paris is possibly one of the most shocking scenes in movie history and now new details about it have been revealed.

In a clip that just recently surfaced, director Bernardo Bertolucci admits that Maria, who was just 19 at the time, did not consent to film the scene.

Marlon, who was 48 during filming, sexually assaults her using a stick of butter in the scene.

“The sequence of the butter is an idea that I had with Marlon in the morning before shooting,” Bertulocci said during an event in 2013. “But, I’d been in a way, horrible to Maria, because I didn’t tell her what was going on. Because I wanted her reaction as a girl, not as an actress.

Click inside to read what else Bertolucci said…

“I wanted her to react humiliated,” he said. “I think she hated me and also Marlon because we didn’t tell her that detail of the butter used as a lubricant. I feel very guilty for that.”

Bernardo says he does not regret what he did, but he feels guilty.

“To obtain something I think you have to be completely free,” he said. “I didn’t want Maria to act her humiliation her rage, I wanted her to Maria to feel…the rage and humiliation. Then she hated me for all of her life.”

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Posted to: Bernardo Bertolucci, Maria Schneider, Marlon Brando, Movies

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  • Nelson

    I’m not surprised by this news. Maria herself basically said years later she felt raped while doing that scene.

    Poor woman.

  • Lee

    Why is this story even on your site, Jared? It doesn’t fit and it’s old news anyway.

  • Viktoriya Orlova

    He has succeded in humiliating her. For the rest of her life. I hope that she sued him.

  • Andressa Greco

    Conclusion: he is a tremendous asshole. She should have sued him.

  • Christina

    Wow! Never knew . What a rotten thing to do. I would’ve hated him too, but I would’ve sued

  • Utope

    Absolutely disgusting! I read that Schneider was scared by this experience for the rest of her life. I don’t care how he justifies what he ‘s done here, but you do not victimize a woman for art!

  • Philipp

    Back then no one would have cared. It’s sad and horrifying, but true.

  • moonriver

    that’s disgusting. how could they do that to her?

  • Adriana Santos

    I can’t believe we live in a world where a man says something horrible like that and won’t face any kind of consequence.

  • Absurdist

    the actress Maria was a virgin, only 19 when she was raped for “art”. hollywood thinks it’s the most progressive shit to ever walk this earth, then explain this to me pl. horrifying and disgusting.

  • Wendy

    The fact that he talks about it like its okay is disgusting. I dont’ care that you wanted her genuine reaction. They don’t really kill the people in movies to make it look more genuine. Disgusting, and they should both be in prison.

  • Visitor

    In Hollywood, the power lies with middle-aged men, and women are at their mercy. The younger they get the women, the better.

    A 19-yr-old with a 48 year old. Hollywood still pushes these huge age gaps (namely with Jennifer Lawrence with older men). Many well established actresses are on record saying if they could, they would never have done the nude/sex scenes they were forced to do at the start of their careers.

    As long as men have power, they can and will get away with this.

  • TruthSayer

    Now I got to see the movie again. I don’t remember any of this.

  • Mike Gallett

    But they didn’t have sex..they only pretended… Still bad though

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