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Before the Revolution (Prima della rivoluzione)

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

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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.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Here is a new talent of outstanding promise.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Altogether a dazzling film, both continually vital and something of a time capsule.

April 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

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

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

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

April 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

What makes the film worth reviving is its stylistic elan, some channeled through Godard, Fellini and Antonioni, but all fresh and vigorous...

April 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

This is a fascinating apprentice effort, even if it is full of dated, gimmicky effects borrowed from Jean-Luc Godard.

April 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Revolution is vibrantly shot, scored and edited, yet permeated by a mood of disenchantment.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

One of the masterpieces of Italian cinema -- and director Bertolucci was only in his early twenties when he completed it.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Cinematically, the film is technically accomplished, but shows Bertolucci still developing his distinctive style.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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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.
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