La Luna Reviews
That said, it shouldn't stop anyone from getting their hands on this stunning work -- I would say it is Bertolucci's BEST work and even more controversial than LAST TANGO. It has been hard to find for more than a few decades and now finally it is available. Bertolucci fans rejoice. Oedipus fans delight.
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Something is revealed in this version that is VERY significant that you didn't get when it was first released. In the scene under the bleachers, there is a dialog overdub. Listen carefully (you can actually hear the audio change), and watch the mouth movement -- what you hear and what everyone has heard since it's release is, "They won't arrest me, I'm crazy." But that is NOT the original line that Bertolucci wrote or intended to use, but he had to change it to avoid even more controversy than the producers already were afraid the film would generate, possibly even get it banned. The original line is, "They can't arrest me, I'm pregnant." That is an effin MAJOR change and on how you will look at the story. And yes, that may have caused the film to be banned in quite a few countries, at least back in 1977.
VERDICT: "Full Price" - My second highest rating (Positive to Mixed reaction). This is a rating to a movie I view as very entertaining and well made, and definitely worth paying the full price at a theatre to see or own on DVD. It is not perfect, but it is definitely excellent.
I was very impressed with the young guy who plays the son. I was surprised after watching this that his career never went further. He plays vulnerability and distress beautifully. Jill Clayburgh as the mother is slightly over the top, but then so is her character, so I assume she was written that way.
Well worth a look.