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Director Admits ‘Last Tango In Paris’ Rape Scene Wasn’t Consensual [NSFW]

 

In 2013, director Bernardo Bertolucci revealed during an interview in front of a live audience that Maria Schneider never consented to the infamous rape scene in 1972’s “Last Tango in Paris.” In the scene, Marlon Brando, who was 48 at the time, uses a stick of butter as lubricant for his fingers and digitally penetrates the then-19-year-old actress.

Bertolucci stated in 2013 that he and Brando came up with the idea for the scene the morning prior to the shoot. After explaining to the audience that Brando “had to rape her in a way,” Bertolucci said, “we were having breakfast on the floor of the flat and there was a baguette and there was butter and we looked at each other and without saying anything we knew what we wanted.”

At this point the audience chuckled, which is odd because even if you don’t know where this story is going, that’s a really weird thing to laugh at. “But I’d been in a way horrible to Maria because I didn’t tell her what was going on,” Bertolucci added, “because I wanted her reaction as a girl, not as an actress. And I think that she hated me and also Marlon because we didn’t tell her this detail of the butter used as a lubricant. And I still feel very guilty about that.”

The 2013 interview has been making the rounds this week, both trending on Twitter and being picked up by Variety, Elle and the Daily News.

Asked if he regretted shooting such a scene, Bertolucci answered, “No.”

“I feel guilty, but I don’t regret,” Bertolucci reiterated. “To make movies sometimes, to obtain something, I think that you have to be completely free. I didn’t want Maria to act her humiliation, her rage. I wanted Maria to feel, not to act, the rage and humiliation.”

“Then she hated me for all her life,” Bertolucci concluded.

In an interview with the Daily Mail back in 2007, Schneider herself admitted that she “felt humiliated.

“To be honest,” Schneider added, “I felt a little raped, both by Marlon and by Bertolucci.” She also said that Brando made no effort to comfort her afterwards or even apologize. “Thankfully, there was just one take.”

Below is the scene in question. It contains graphic content and depictions of rape.

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