But maybe the most stuffable of the geezers is Bertolucci
. Maybe the movies--not his, but other directors'--can actually open you to life.
IN Besieged -- or, more properly, by its Italian title, L'assedio, The Siege -- Bertolucci
deploys the classic conflict of a romantic triangle.
's training as an art critic comes through in the "canzone" as well as in the rest of the poems that make up the collection, all written between 1928 and 1996, including the introductory one, "La lucertola di Casarola," a fable that gives the book its title and, together with the aforementioned "Canzone triste," serves to frame it.
At the time of the film's release in the UK, Bertolucci
himself referred to its style in terms of influence: "One could say the point of departure (of the film) was the cinema, and the cinema I like is Sternberg, Ophuls and Welles" (1).
The major credit, of course, goes to Bertolucci
, who shot the picture on exotic locations in the Kathmandu Valley and in inaccessible Bhutan.
, the multi-award-winning Italian director of Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor and The Dreamers, has died at the age of 77 after a battle with cancer, his publicist confirmed.
Considered one of the giants of world cinema, Bertolucci
was the only Italian ever to win the Oscar for best film, snapping up the award in 1988 for "The Last Emperor."
Famous for films like "Last Tango in Paris" and "The Sky over the Desert," Bertolucci
had won numerous prizes at film festivals around the world, including the Venice Film Festival and Cannes.
During the world premiere of the restored film, "Last Tango in Paris," Bertolucci
told Scott's editor Pietro Scalia "to tell Scott that he should be ashamed" for caving into public pressure and replacing Spacey, reported (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bernardo-bertolucci-says-ridley-scott-should-be-ashamed-replacing-kevin-spacey-1106803) The Hollywood Reporter.