Before the Revolution (Prima della rivoluzione) (1965)
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Future director Francesco Barilli stars in this film about a young radical torn between his rebellious political views and the easy middle-class lifestyle to which he has become accustomed. Barilli rebels in another way as well, engaging in a love affair with his pretty aunt (Adriana Asti), but soon becomes conflicted in that area as well, choosing in the end to conform to traditional expectations. This early Bernardo Bertolucci film makes a bit too much of its protagonist's philosophical
Jan 1, 1965 Limited
New Yorker Films
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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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