Before the Revolution (Prima della rivoluzione) (1965)
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as Fabrizio's Father
as Fabrizio's Brother
as Fabrizio's Mother
as Fabrizio's Grandmother
as The Painter
as Clelia's Mother
Critic Reviews for Before the Revolution (Prima della rivoluzione)
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.
Audience Reviews for Before the Revolution (Prima della rivoluzione)
Bertolucci was still developing his technique when he made this flawed, imperfect attempt at an Italian Nouvelle Vague film that is in fact more about style than substance, made by someone full of ideas but who would still need time to mature his vision of things.
This is Bertolucci at his most cine-literate, dropping references to at least a dozen other movies and directors, but in my mind it seems primarily a combination of the stylistic flourishes of Truffaut and the political ambitions of Godard (albeit, this was before Godard got ridiculously didactic). In either case, he has mixed success. The film is awash with cinematic flourishes, some of which are exciting and fresh, but some just seem like indulgent showing off. His political commentary is less scattershot and in-your-face than Godard, but still seems muddled at times. I also found the lead characters (Fabrizio and Gina) to be annoyingly manic, which I guess is a weird complaint coming from a Bergman fan, but they did get on my nerves sometimes. Overall, Bertolucci hits more than he misses and it's one of his most interesting works, although definitely flawed.
true poetry (with some added incest as a bonus), and all from someone who made it who's a true visionary at such a young age.
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