Before the Revolution (Prima della rivoluzione) (1965)

Before the Revolution (Prima della rivoluzione)




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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Bernardo Bertolucci, Gianni Amico
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as Cesare--Teacher

as Fabrizio's Father

as Fabrizio's Brother

as Fabrizio's Mother

as Fabrizio's Grandmoth...

as The Painter

as Clelia's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Before the Revolution (Prima della rivoluzione)

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Here is a new talent of outstanding promise.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Altogether a dazzling film, both continually vital and something of a time capsule.

Full Review… | April 10, 2011

Both the vices and virtues of youthful confidence are apparent in its muddied complexity and fluid brilliance.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011
This is London

A cerebral and involving film whose vigour is undimmed after 47 years.

Full Review… | April 7, 2011

Audience Reviews for Before the Revolution (Prima della rivoluzione)


Bertolucci was still developing his technique when he made this flawed, imperfect film. An attempt at an Italian Nouvelle Vague with more style than substance, made by someone full of ideas but who would still need time to mature his vision of things.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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