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MFAH FILMS SCREENS BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI RETROSPECTIVE IN SEPTEMBER 2012

Date:

08/28/2012



MFAH FILMS SCREENS BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI RETROSPECTIVE IN SEPTEMBER 2012

Houston - August 2012. Continuing a tradition of Italian film retrospectives from the archives of the legendary Cinecitta' Luce in Rome, this year MFAH Films spotlights the prolific, often controversial Bernardo Bertolucci (b. 1940) with the series "The Nonconformist: A Bernardo Bertolucci Retrospective". A dozen Bertolucci films will screen in the MFAH Brown Auditorium Theater throughout four weekends in September (click on the picture above for the calendar).

After pursuing a career as a poet - a background that contributed to his later proclivity for literary references - Bertolucci turned to filmmaking in the 1960s. Initially influenced by Pasolini and Godard, Bertolucci's early films evince a preoccupation with politics, followed by historical narratives, sensual explorations and nuanced character studies. While many of his films are familiar to American audiences (The Conformist, Last Tango in Paris, 1900, The Last Emperor), this career survey provides an occasion for a timely re-appreciation.

"An internationally renowned, Oscar-winning filmmaker, Bertolucci was recently celebrated with a major retrospective at BFI Southbank in London and with a tribute at the MoMA in New York; was awarded an honorary Palme d'Or for his life's work at the 2011 Cannes festival in France; and premiered his latest film, Me and You - his first in Italian in 25 years - at the 2012 Cannes Festival", said Marian Luntz, MFAH curator of film and video, "The MFAH retrospective provides Houston audiences with a month's worth of screening to appreciate Bertolucci's work."

On the opening night - Friday, September 7 - welcoming remarks will be made by MFAH director Gary Tinterow, followed by a brief overview of Bertolucci by Professor Alessandro Carrera of the University of Houston.

Past Italian film retrospectives at the MFAH have included popular directorial tributes to filmmakers Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Pupi Avati, and Marco Bellocchio; a series featuring influential performances by Italian actresses; and last year's survey of the influential Neorealist period of Italian cinema.
(MFAH News Release)


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