Before the Revolution (Prima della rivoluzione) (1965)
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Fabrizio is passionate, idealistic, influenced by Cesare, a teacher and Marxist, engaged to the lovely but bourgeois Clelia, and stung by the drowning of his mercurial friend Agostino, a possible suicide. Gina is herself a bundle of nervous energy, alternately sweet, seductive, poetic, distracted, and unhinged. They begin a love affair after Agostino's funeral, then Gina confuses Fabrizio by sleeping with a stranger. Their visits to Cesare and then to Puck, one of Gina's older friends, a
Jan 1, 1965 Limited
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In all of Bertolucci's movies, there's a central conflict between the 'radical' impulses and a pessimistic (and/or willing) capitulation to the mainstream of bourgeois society and culture.
The contrary attractions of sensuality and politics have been the subject of many of Bertolucci's films, but the conflict is presented most passionately and personally here.
Altogether a dazzling film, both continually vital and something of a time capsule.
Both the vices and virtues of youthful confidence are apparent in its muddied complexity and fluid brilliance.
What makes the film worth reviving is its stylistic elan, some channeled through Godard, Fellini and Antonioni, but all fresh and vigorous...
This is a fascinating apprentice effort, even if it is full of dated, gimmicky effects borrowed from Jean-Luc Godard.
Revolution is vibrantly shot, scored and edited, yet permeated by a mood of disenchantment.
One of the masterpieces of Italian cinema -- and director Bertolucci was only in his early twenties when he completed it.
Cinematically, the film is technically accomplished, but shows Bertolucci still developing his distinctive style.
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