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415 Ratings

Before the Revolution

Prima della rivoluzione

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
Italy, 1964
Drama, Romance


The study of a youth on the edge of adulthood and his aunt, ten years older.

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Before the Revolution Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
It is a young man’s film, emboldened by the spirit of the French New Wave, chockablock with capering invention.
January 02, 2019
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It’s not fair to look at Before the Revolution as merely part of a great director’s coming of age: the film is remarkable precisely because it at once exhibits a young director wrestling with his greatest influences and an artist already in full control of his craft.
February 06, 2013
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In its own earnest and unselfconscious way, it represents the clearest expression of the director’s central theme—the intersection of the private erotic and the public political—and the young Bertolucci’s willingness to experiment with and even break form—playing with editing, camera movements, and framing—is bold and ballsy. Not a perfect film, but one that everyone should see.
September 28, 2012
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