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Before the Revolution (Prima della rivoluzione) Reviews

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Penelope Houston
The Spectator
April 25, 2016
A brilliant, crammed, allusive work.
Emanuel Levy
August 10, 2012
| Original Score: B+
Philip French
April 10, 2011
Altogether a dazzling film, both continually vital and something of a time capsule.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
April 8, 2011
Both the vices and virtues of youthful confidence are apparent in its muddied complexity and fluid brilliance.
| Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
April 7, 2011
A cerebral and involving film whose vigour is undimmed after 47 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
April 7, 2011
This is a fascinating apprentice effort, even if it is full of dated, gimmicky effects borrowed from Jean-Luc Godard.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
March 30, 2011
Revolution is vibrantly shot, scored and edited, yet permeated by a mood of disenchantment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Time Out
December 7, 2007
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
One of the masterpieces of Italian cinema -- and director Bertolucci was only in his early twenties when he completed it.
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Eugene Archer
New York Times
December 7, 2007
Here is a new talent of outstanding promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

TV Guide
December 7, 2007
Cinematically, the film is technically accomplished, but shows Bertolucci still developing his distinctive style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
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.
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
April 7, 2011
What makes the film worth reviving is its stylistic elan, some channeled through Godard, Fellini and Antonioni, but all fresh and vigorous...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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