Last Tango In Paris Director Responds To Rape Backlash, Calls Controversy A ‘Ridiculous Misunderstanding’
There was quite a controversy over the weekend when a few publications reported a scene in Last Tango In Paris was actually a real rape caught on film.
But according to the director, whose initial interview was the source of the controversy, this was all a “ridiculous misunderstanding.”
As a result of the misleading headlines and ensuing backlash, Bertolucci felt the need to some forward and clear things up.
In a statement translated from Italian, the director said:
“I would like, for the last time, to clear up a ridiculous misunderstanding that continues to generate press reports about Last Tango in Paris’ around the world.”
The 76-year-old continued:
“Several years ago at the Cinemathque Francaise someone asked me for details on the famous butter scene. I specified, but perhaps I was not clear, that I decided with Marlon Brando not to inform Maria that we would have used butter. We wanted her spontaneous reaction to that improper use [of the butter]. That is where the misunderstanding lies. Somebody thought, and thinks, that Maria had not been informed about the violence on her. That is false!”
Bernardo went on to add:
“Maria knew everything because she had read the script, where it was all described. The only novelty was the idea of the butter. And that, as I learned many years later, offended Maria. Not the violence that she is subjected to in the scene, which was written in the screenplay.”
Honestly, we can’t believe Marlon and the director would keep any information like that from an actor regarding such a personal scene.
But we’re also incensed at all these publications for changing the story so much!
What are your thoughts on the whole confusing controversy?
[Image via United Artists.]