One of the most notorious scenes in cinema history, the Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider butter rape scene in Bernardo Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris, is making headlines once again, 44 years after the film's debut.
In a recently resurfaced video interview from 2013, Bertolucci confirms that [a 19 year old Maria] Schneider, who died in 2011, did not know about the rape scene ahead of time, and that the graphic nature of the scene was improvised on set.
“We were having, with Marlon, breakfast on the floor of the flat where I was shooting. There was a baguette, there was butter and we looked at each other and, without saying anything, we knew what we wanted,” the director said then. “I had been, in a way, horrible to Maria because I didn’t tell her what was going on.”
Bertolucci said he felt guilty about how he treated Schneider, but does not regret the scene.
|The director said he wanted her REAL reaction |
as a girl
not as an actress
(Graphic scene at link: https://uk.movies.yahoo.com/bertolucci-admits-infamous-last-tango-butter-rape-scene-was-non-consensual-162300811.html )
I've read the young actress never did a nude scene again, had drug and mental problems most of her life after that. She died of cancer in 2007 which is why he feels free to open his mouth now. I hope her estate or something sues him blind anyway.
Maybe the movie can be banned or sanctioned or burned while he's still alive to see it. I think that's the ticket. We should try to have it removed from Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, everywhere in protest. If we can make his films disappear from the earth before he passes, that will probably be the only satisfaction we're going to get.