Monday, November 26, 2018


By José Alberto Hermosillo
Bernardo Bertolucci, Roosevelt Hotel. Photo Jose A. Hermosillo ©2018 Festival in LA
Academy® Award winner director Bernardo Bertolucci died in his house in Rome this Monday, November 26th, 2018 - victim of cancer at the age of 77.
Bernardo Bertolucci and Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy.
Named one of the most influential film directors of our time, Bertolucci started his career as an assistant director of another of the greatest Italian directors, Pier Paolo Pasolini, in the film “Accattone” in 1961.

His film debut as a director was with the critically acclaimed “La Commare Secca.” At the age of 22, the Italian director went onto the international arena with his elegant style of filmmaking with the film “Before the Revolution.” A movie that granted global outreach.

In 1970, the Italian auteur started his long-standing collaboration with cinematographer Vittorio Storaro in the visually arresting “Il Conformista/The Conformist.” Together they made “The Last Tango in Paris,” “1900,” and many more.
With “The Last Emperor,” Bertolucci won two Oscars®, one for Best Director and another for Best Screenplay Adaptation. The stylish, time-period film, made in China, won a total of nine statuettes including Best Picture, in 1987.

In 2011, he was recognized with an honorary Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Also, in France he was nominated with the Cesar Award for Best Director for “The Last Tango in Paris,” winning with “The Last Emperor.”
In his home-country, Bertolucci was nominated to the David di Donatello Award for his last narrative feature “Io e te/Me and you” in 2013. In 2003, he made “The Dreamers” where he continued addressing his favorite subjects: “sex and politics.”
“Besieged,” “Stealing Beauty,” and “Little Buddha” were three relevant works he made in Hollywood during the 1990s.

In 2013 he was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The same year, The AFI FEST (American Film Institute) presented a new print of “The Last Emperor” in 3D. He introduced the film at the legendary Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Before the event, we had a very brief conversation. A fabulous memory that lasts a lifetime for a movie fan like me.
Bernardo Bertolucci, film critic Jose Alberto Hermosillo. ©2018 Festival in LA
Rest in Peace, Maestro Bernardo Bertolucci. Your departure leaves us a profound emptiness in our hearts. But your enormous work-of-art is an invaluable treasure for future generations to come.


2012 – Me and You
2003 – The Dreamers
2001 – The Triumph of Love
1998 – Besieged
1996 – Stealing Beauty
1994 – Little Buddha
1990 – The Sheltering Sky
1987 – The Last Emperor
1981 – Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man
1979 – Luna
1976 – 1900
1972 – The Last Tango in Paris
1970 – The Conformist
1970 – The Spider’s Stratagem
1968 – Once Upon a Time in the West (writer)
1964 – Before the Revolution
1962 – La Commare Secca 
1962 – Accattone (assistant director).

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