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'Last Tango in Paris' Director Clarifies Comments on Rape Scene

'Last Tango in Paris' Director Clarifies Comments on Rape Scene

Bernardo Bertolucci, the director of the movie Last Tango in Paris, is clarifying comments he made about the rape scene in his 1972 movie.

An interview that the Italian filmmaker gave three years ago surfaced this weekend and his comments made it seem like actress Maria Schneider was raped on screen by co-star Marlon Brando against her will.

Many celebs spoke out slamming the director and actor for their actions.

“I would like, for the last time, to clear up a ridiculous misunderstanding that continues to generate press reports about Last Tango in Paris around the world,” Bertolucci said in a statement (via TheWrap). “Several years ago at the Cinematèque Francais someone asked me for details on the famous butter scene. I specified, but perhaps I was not clear, that I decided with Marlon Brando not to inform Maria that we would have used butter.”

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“We wanted her spontaneous reaction to that improper use [of the butter]. That is where the misunderstanding lies,” Bernardo continued. “Somebody thought, and thinks, that Maria had not been informed about the violence on her. That is false! Maria knew everything because she had read the script, where it was all described. The only novelty was the idea of the butter.”

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  • Absurdist

    wow. so a gross 48 y/o man shoves his buttery fingers down your panties and you’re supposed to be ok about it? at only 19? it wasn’t in the script and was done without consent. disgusting and horrifying.

  • Succubus

    HW is so fucked up, it’s disgusting.

  • Whiteley

    They wanted her to feel humiliated… Bertolucci and Brando are/were assholes.

  • gwen

    Maria could of said stop and walked offset anytime she wanted to. Lets not confuse this publicity story with the horrific act of rape.

  • Wendy

    How does that make it okay? You violated her without her consent. Period. There is nothing else to say.

  • dalovelee

    This is your liberal Hollywood for you. When it’s for a film, and some legendary director it’s art to violate a woman. All for the sake of art. You know everyone was holding this film up as art and Marlon Brando this..

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    So, let me get this straight. The director and the 48-y/o male star conspired privately to NOT inform the teenage female star that she would have an inanimate object forcibly pushed into her vagina so that her embarrassment and humiliation would be “real”? Do I have this right? And the director thinks this is SO MUCH BETTER than what we previously thought, that she was sexually assaulted without consent? And this is supposed to be BETTER?

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    With an inanimate object — SPECIFICALLY so that “her humiliation would be real”.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    With an inanimate object — SPECIFICALLY so that “her humiliation would be real”.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    With an inanimate object — SPECIFICALLY so that “her humiliation would be real”.

  • fromanotherplanet

    Fuck this asshole.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Imagine all the shit that is hidden, the names that no one will reveal but which everyone on the inside knows. Imagine the crimes, the dirt, the absolute perversity that we never heard about.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    And the cover-up. Imagine all these asshloles that preach to us about feminism, equality, climate, Donald Trump, women’s rights, clean water, homosexuals, Muslims, and on and on and on. Yet they’re all hiding the most perverse secrets and crimes because they love their careers and money.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    She was 19 years old. She didn’t know what her rights were, and by her own admission the scene was done in one take. She didn’t see it coming, and walking off set afterward would not have changed what happened to her. What is it that you don’t understand about being assaulted?? Maybe she wasn’t technically raped, but she had an inanimate object shoved between her legs.

  • amelia sousa

    Fucking asshole director. Bernardo Bertolucci you should be in jail for years Happy this dusgusting Marlon Brando is already dead because he deserved to be in jail with Bertolucci. I feel so sorry for Maria Schneider and all she suffered because of them. Really hope she rests in peace.

  • amelia sousa

    Fucking asshole director. Bernardo Bertolucci you should be in jail for years Happy this dusgusting Marlon Brando is already dead because he deserved to be in jail with Bertolucci. I feel so sorry for Maria Schneider and all she suffered because of them. Really hope she rests in peace.

  • amelia sousa

    Fucking asshole director. Bernardo Bertolucci you should be in jail for years Happy this dusgusting Marlon Brando is already dead because he deserved to be in jail with Bertolucci. I feel so sorry for Maria Schneider and all she suffered because of them. Really hope she rests in peace.

  • dalovelee

    That’s why you’d have to be a fool listening to the Hollywood hypocrits. They tell us you practice socialism while they live in mansions. And yes Trump is a sexist YET these Hollywood directors and actors are applauded and celebrated like kings, yet the dirt behind this man film creeps out.

  • Ariana-Kaelita

    Marlon Brando is lucky he is dead. What he and that director did was despicable. They took advantage of a young, unknown teenage actress at the time.

  • Ariana-Kaelita

    These are the same people who support Woody Allen and Roman Polanski.

  • Ariana-Kaelita

    And I just love how all these people are against Donald Trump for being a rapist but when Woody Allen or Roman Polanski do the same thing, they get petitions and celebs defending them!

  • Ariana-Kaelita

    Agreed. I bet you these people will go back to fawning over Marlon Brando in a few weeks time. He is already dead. What can you really do about it?

  • Ariana-Kaelita

    She was a unknown, teenage actress at the time. She had no power to fight off someone like Marlon Brando and this director.

  • Ariana-Kaelita

    Remember Elijah Wood earlier this year said Hollywood is filled with pedos and he saw some shit? He later had to retract those comments saying he saw nothing! To think these pedophiles and rapists are the ones in power! I bet you he was threatened by them or something!

  • Kelly

    I’m confused by this statement… Aren’t most celebs disgusted by this?

  • Kelly

    Was she actually raped or was it a fake rape scene they filmed? Genuinely asking – I’m so confused by this.

  • Nostalgia

    Maria talked about it 2007:

    “I should have called my agent or had my lawyer come to the set because you can’t force someone to do something that isn’t in the script, but at the time, I didn’t know that. Marlon said to me: ‘Maria, don’t worry, it’s just a movie,’ but during the scene, even though what Marlon was doing wasn’t real, I was crying real tears. I felt humiliated and to be honest, I felt a little raped, both by Marlon and by Bertolucci. After the scene, Marlon didn’t console me or apologise. Thankfully, there was just one take.”

    She didn’t know about the butter scene:

    “But if Schneider’s acting felt realistic in the controversial scene in which Marlon Brando’s character rapes her 20-year-old character with the aid of a stick of butter, it’s because Schneider didn’t know what was happening at the time.

    Director Bernardo Bertolucci admitted in an interview at La Cinémathèque Française in Paris in 2013 that he and
    Brando came up with the idea for using butter as a lubricant for the rape scene that day — but chose not to tell Schneider about that element before shooting it.”

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    I never saw the movie, so hopefully someone here will chime in. But my understanding is that it was a regular sex scene – but quite graphic – which Maria knew about and agreed to, as it was in the script – but MB and BB went behind her back and conspired to use a stick of butter in the scene as a sexual lubricant or something like that, and it was just done in the scene without her having a clue until MB actually put the butter up between her legs. She said the scene was done in one take, and that she was utterly humiliated and embarrassed and cried horribly. She ended up with a drug and alcohol problem for the rest of her life. I believer her, too. She never did another nude scene again.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    YES. And Jennifer Lawrence said that a director would give women parts if they let him watch them shower. It rumored that this was Weinstein, but the media never followed up on that story again. There are a lot of dirty, dirty secrets. Power and money are a toxic cocktail. Imagine the evil that people do when they feel absolutely protected.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Notice how few celebs actually commented on it. The outrage should have been a lot more vocal. Where was the outrage by other directors?? Especially men??

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Brando NEVER treated women right. Not his wives and lovers, and not his daughter. Don’t forget, his daughter Cheyenne committed suicide. This was a huge story in my early 20′s. Legendary actress Rita Moreno tried to commit suicide when she had an affair with Brando. The stories of the women in his life are a laundry list of tragedy. There wasn’t ONE single healthy relationship. He was notorious for being attracted to unstable, vulnerable women. He picked them out and then drove most of then crazy.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Trump = what you see is what you get. That’s Trump. We know him. Many of us grew up on Trump and remember when Ivana used to call him “the Donald” on the Oprah show. We know his women scandals, his divorces. HIs business failures. So we know who Trump is. Warts and all. But the Hollywood hypocrites are completely shady, dishonest, and duplicitous. Yes, preaching socialism and carbon footprints while they vacation on yachts, fly private jets, bankroll their favorite politicians with lavish parties, and live in mansions with full-court staff. They sicken me. To hell with all of them. I voted for Trump and I’m not ashamed.

  • Just_Joe

    Schneider already said exactly the same thing in her “famous” (now) interview of 10 years ago: there was no sex, there was no rape, and the only thing added to the scripted scene was the “butter as prop” idea.

    No one was “violated”. (Some of you people really need to let go of your fake news beliefs and get on with reality.

  • Ariana-Kaelita

    Ewww Weinstein is gross! But then again, Jennifer Lawrence is a kind of a hypocrite. She worked with David O’Russel 3 times! And he sexually assaulted his own niece! So she is apart of the problem. Atleast Elijah Wood tried to speak up, but he was forced to issue a statement saying he knows nothing.
    I am no fan of Trump at all, but I hope he does something about this very serious issue of men in Hollywood preying on children and women.

  • Ariana-Kaelita

    Its because Marlon Brando is known as a legendary actor in Hollywood. They would dare not criticize him if he were alive today. I bet you most of them would sell an arm and leg to work with him if he was alive!
    I also noticed none of the other stars who are around his age group are speaking about this either. Where are the Robert De Niros and Meryl Streeps about this? They have no problem speaking out against Trump when he commits sexual assault!

  • Ariana-Kaelita

    His daughter’ suicide story was alarming. Brando was a pig, but because he was a great actor, he got away with all those things.

  • Ariana-Kaelita

    This is why I hate Hollywood. They protect rapists and child abusers like Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, Lena Dunham but have no problem pointing the finger at Trump for his nastiness.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    HIs son died, too. He killed a man, went to prison, and eventually died of his drug excesses.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    The men have been covering for each other since Robert Wagner and Christopher Walken were on that boat with Natalie Wood. Big cover-up there, but Wagner and Walken went on to have stellar careers. And the Roman Polanski rape? Guess whose house that took place in? Jack Nicholson. They all cover for each other. And Donald Trump NEVER advocated rape or assault. What he said – and I do hate the language he used and his attitude – was that if a man is rich and famous women will “LET you do whatever you want”. The operative word was LET. That is consent, not rape. And as gross as it is, it is the truth. LOTS of women let rich, powerful men do whatever they want sexually if the woman gets something out of it.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Lawrence is an idiot. A big-mouthed idiot. She said O’Russell is cool to her because she’s like one of the guys. Wow, talk about defending misogyny. He’s nice to her because he can treat her like a man. What a moron. But this is the same stupid girl who said she sent her boyfriend those nude photos because “it was either look at me naked or look at porn”. Wow. She doesn’t seem to have a lot of self-respect.

  • Ariana-Kaelita

    Agreed. These people all cover for each other and have their backs!
    And Donald Trump atleast didn’t rape a underage girl like Polanski did, he never raped his own daughter like Woody Allen did,or brag about molesting a sibling like what Lena Dunham did!
    As much as I can’t stand, I bet you the folks in Hollywood are far worse then him!They probbaly speak like how he spoke on that Access Hollywood 2005 tape all he time!

  • gwen

    It was actually a very tame scene. Brando rubs a little butter on his fingers then simulates rubbing it on her bottom as lubricant. She sees the butter all during the scene and they even discuss what it will be used for. The sex itself is so fake it would be laughable by today’s standards.

  • etmorgan

    Slow down everyone… read a couple more descriptions from other sources of his comments and you will discover that she read in the script that she would be penetrated digitally and was okay going along with that. What she did not know was that Brando was going to have his fingers buttered up. Their (Brando/Bertolucci) intention was to get her unrehearsed reaction to the use of butter, for the film. She was surprised, shocked, upset, and it showed in her performance. She has been dead for five years and Brando twelve, so we are NEVER going to get the real truth of how they felt later, so give it a break. Bertolucci has said his two cents worth, time to worry about something real, like global warming.

  • Ariana-Kaelita

    I honestly think J-Law must have done something really gross to rise so fast into Hollywood! I really think think girl must have blown or slept with some older,powerful men to get where she is! She literally had no body of work before becoming famous in 2011! Most people it takes years and years to become famous!
    She is a big hypocrite. On one hand she claims to be for women’s rights in Hollywood but then likes to be used an a object by the very same men who abuse those women. She loves David O’Russel! Who basically verbally abused Amy Adams on the same movie that J-Law also worked on! Is is because Amy isn’t as powerful or as marketable as J-Law?
    I can’t stand J-Law at all! I don’t think she is even pretty! Just google what she looked like before fame and she looks like she could be related to Amy Schumer!

  • Ariana-Kaelita

    And guess who her current boyfriend is now? Darren Aronokfy! A director who is almost 2 decades older then her . He also is likes to sleep with and get his actresses pregnant! He is rumored to be the real father of Natalie Portman’s son! And there is a rumor he is the father again of her 2nd baby! Gross.
    He got Rachael Weiz pregnant when she acted in one of his movies! J-Law better watch out!

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  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Lawrence claimed no one would date her. Maybe this was the best she could do. An old man with a lot of baggage. She’s a silly, silly girl.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    I agree 100% – I also have wondered about her. She did one good little independent movie at 20 or 21, then all of a sudden within 3 years she’s in plum roles and getting nominated for an Oscar every year. Three Oscar noms by 25 and she works ALL THE TIME. Something is way off about that. She even got roles that she shouldn’t have had – like playing Joy who was a woman in her 40′s, and playing other characters at 22, 23 years old that didn’t fit the characters’ ages and life experience. She’s not a bad actress. She’s just nothing special.

    Amy Adams is a CLASS ACT. I don’t think she’s a great actress, but I really like her as a person.

  • Kelly

    Thank you for clarifying. Jesus, that is awful. Did the director really not trust her to ACT horrified (you know, her job) instead of springing that shit on her? Insane.

  • Kelly

    Thank you for that. That poor girl.

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