Bertolucci's second feature 'Before the Revolution' is a cinematic opus of style much like french new wave film's 'Breathless', "Jules and Jim', etc. Centering around the Revolution of 1948, the film follows a young man, Fabrizio, from an upper class family who is on the brink of adulthood. He struggles with his beliefs on church vs. state, rich vs. poor, etc. After his good friend drowns, Fabrizio meets his Aunt Gina, and they begin to fall in love with each other. Yea, this sounds uncomfortable and weird, but Bertolucci never plays it up or even addresses it to the point that its never awkward at all. This film features lots of sophisticated dialogue about class struggles, relgion, etc. but the real thing about hte film is they visual style in which Bertolucci just goes nuts with. Bertolucci plays around with editing, framing, opticals, etc to really create film that is always fresh and interesting. Gina, played by Adriana Asti, is such a fascinating character. She is a bundle of anxiety, energy and emotion. Really a fantastic film about the journey to adulthood and it perfectly captures the young idealistic nature that exists when discovering the world on a more complex level. With themes of revolution, conformity, fascism, etc.. this is quite a loaded features, but it should not be missed.