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Before the Revolution (Prima della rivoluzione) (1965)




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Fabrizio is passionate, idealistic, influenced by Cesare, a teacher and Marxist, engaged to the lovely but bourgeois Clelia, and stung by the drowning of his mercurial friend Agostino, a possible suicide. Gina is herself a bundle of nervous energy, alternately sweet, seductive, poetic, distracted, and unhinged. They begin a love affair after Agostino's funeral, then Gina confuses Fabrizio by sleeping with a stranger. Their visits to Cesare and then to Puck, one of Gina's older friends, a landowner losing his land, dramatize contrasting images of Italy's future.


Morando Morandini
as Cesare--Teacher
Domenico Alpi
as Fabrizio's Father
Giuseppe Maghenzani
as Fabrizio's Brother
Emilia Borghi
as Fabrizio's Mother
Iole Lunardi
as Fabrizio's Grandmother
Goliardo Padova
as The Painter
Ida Pellegri
as Clelia's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Before the Revolution (Prima della rivoluzione)

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

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…
Top Critic

Here is a new talent of outstanding promise.

December 7, 2007 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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…

The style, the narrative and the message may not be particularly revolutionary in themselves, but Bertolucci as a director with enormous promise is still in there, pitching away.

February 22, 2017 | Full Review…

A brilliant, crammed, allusive work.

April 25, 2016 | Full Review…

Altogether a dazzling film, both continually vital and something of a time capsule.

April 10, 2011 | Full Review…

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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