Bertolucci Images
Exhibition of photographs from director Bernardo Bertolucci’s films



Bernardo Bertolucci

Bernardo Bertolucci was born in Parma in 1941.
In 1961 dropped out of Rome University to work as assistant director in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s first film, Accattone.
The following year he won the Viareggio literary prize with his collection of poetry In cerca del mistero (In Search of Mystery). In the same year he made his first film, The Grim Reaper, based on a work by Pier Paolo Pasolini and screened the following year at the International Cinema Exhibition in Venice.
In 1964 he made Before the Revolution for which he won the Max Ophuls Prize and the Jeune Critique award in Cannes 1964.
In 1967 he worked with Sergio Leone in Once upon a Time in the West and made documentaries for Italian TV.
Drawing freely on Dostoevsky’s The Double, he made Partner which was shown at the Venice International Film Festival in the same year. His next film, The Spider’s Stratagem, was also shown in Venice (1970).
With The Conformist, based on the novel of the same name by Alberto Moravia, he found international fame. First shown at the Berlin Film Festival in 1971, the film won BFI awards in London 1971, Grand Prix at the UCC, Brussels 1971 and an Oscar nomination for best screenplay adapted from a literary work in 1972.
In 1971, with his brother Giuseppe, he made a 16 mm documentary on the state of Italian hospitals called La salute è malata (Health is Sick).
1972 was the year of his celebrated Last Tango in Paris; first banned and then released, it is acclaimed the world over as “the most powerful erotic film ever made”. Shown for the first time at the New York Film Festival, it received Raoul Lévy awards in Paris in 1973, the Nastro d’Argento 1973 for best director, and was nominated for Oscars for best director and best male actor, Hollywood 1974.
In 1976, with the combined forces of 20th Century Fox, Paramount and United Artists, came his great film 1900.
The first showing of Luna took place at the 1979 Venice International Film Festival. In 1981 The Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man won Ugo Tognazzi the award of best male actor at the Cannes Festival.
The Last Emperor, shown for the first time in Paris in 1987, received many awards including nine Oscars, four Golden Globes and eight David di Donatellos.
In 1990, he directed The Sheltering Sky based on the novel of the same name by Paul Bowles. In 1993 he made Little Buddha.
In 1995 he completed Stealing Beauty and in 1997, Besieged, from the short story by James Lasdun.