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Before the Revolution
Before the Revolution

Before the Revolution 1964


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Before the Revolution 1964 12

105 mins Italy Director. Bernardo Bertolucci

For his second feature Bernardo Bertolucci emerged from the neorealist climate that shaped his debut The Grim Reaper to a more stylised and politicised cinema, owing much to the influence of his newfound mentor Jean-Luc Godard.

Young, middle-class and idealistic, Fabrizio struggles to reconcile a commitment to revolutionary ideals with his bourgeois background and the lure of conformity. And an impulsive affair with his free-spirited aunt only adds to his uncertainties.

A fascinating record of the flowering of 1960s radicalism, Bertolucci captures the passion and ideology, and also the compromises of this fervent period. With virtuoso camerawork and a classy score by Ennio Morricone, Bertolucci's beautifully operatic film was winner of the Cannes Critics' Week prize in 1964.

Directed by

Bernardo Bertolucci


Cristina Pariset

Morando Morandini

Francesco Barilli

Adriana Asti

Allen Midgette




Italian Classics Political Pictures Classic Cannes Festival


12 Contains infrequent moderate sex and language







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