Bernardo Bertolucci Biography (1940?-)

Born March 16, 1940 (some sources cite 1941), in Parma, Italy; son of Attilio(a poet, film critic, and teacher) and Ninetta (a teacher) Bertolucci; brother of Giuseppe Bertolucci (a screenwriter); married Adriana Asti (marriage ended); married Clare Peploe (a director and screenwriter), 1978. Addresses: Agent: International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Nationality
Italian
Gender
Male
Occupation
Director, producer, screenwriter, actor
Birth Details
March 16, 1940?
Parma, Italy

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Work
  • Director
  • La commare secca, released in the United States as The Grim Reaper, Cinematografica Cervi, 1962
  • Prima della rivoluzione, Iride Cinematografica, 1964, released inthe United States as Before the Revolution, New Yorker Films, 1965
  • Il canale, 1966
  • "Il fico infruttuoso," Vangelo '70 (also known as Love and Anger, Amore e rabbia, Evangile 70, and La contestation), Castoro Films, 1967
  • Partner (also known as Il sosia), Red Films, 1968, releasedin the United States by New Yorker Films, 1968
  • Il conformista (also known as Der Grosse Irrtum and Le conformiste), Mars Film/Marianne Productions/Maran Films, 1970, released in the United States as The Conformist, Paramount, 1971
  • La strategia del ragno, Red Films, 1970, released in the United States as The Spider's Stratagem, New Yorker Films, 1973
  • Ultimo tango a Parigi (also known as Le dernier tango a Paris), released in the United States as Last Tango in Paris, United Artists, 1973
  • Novecento (also known as 1900--Gewalt, Macht, Leidenschaftand 1900--Kampf, Liebe, Hoffnung), released in the United States as 1900 (also known as Nineteen Hundred), Paramount, 1977
  • La luna, released in the United States as Luna, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1979
  • La tragedia dell'uomo ridicolo, Fiction Cinematografica, 1981, released in the United States as Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man, Ladd, 1982
  • L'addio a Enrico Berlinguer, 1984
  • The Last Emperor (also known as Le dernier empereur and L'ultimo imperatore), Columbia, 1987
  • The Sheltering Sky (also known as Il te nel deserto), Warner Bros., 1990
  • Little Buddha, Miramax, 1993
  • Stealing Beauty (also known as Beaute volee and Io balloda sola), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996
  • Besieged (also known as The Siege and L'assedio), Fine Line, 1998
  • "Bologna," 12 registi per 12 citta, Instituto Luce, 1998
  • Paradiso e inferno, 1999
  • Heaven and Hell, 2001
  • "Histoire d'eaux," Ten Minutes Older: The Cello, 2002
  • The Dreamers, Fox Searchlight, 2003
  • Producer
  • Sconcerto Rock, 1982
  • Io con te non ci sto piu, 1983
  • The Triumph of Love (also known as Il trionfo dell'amore),Paramount Classics, 2001
  • Also producer of Lost and Found.
  • Other
  • (Assistant director and production assistant to Pier Paolo Pasolini) Accatone (also known as Accattone!), Cine del Duca-Arco, 1962
  • Film Appearances
  • Bertolucci secondo il cinema (also known as The Cinema according to Bertolucci and The Making of "1900"), Bauer International, 1975
  • Himself, Wie de Waarheid Zegt Moet Dood (also known as WhoeverSays the Truth Shall Die), 1981
  • De Domeinen Ditvoorst (also known as The Ditvoorst Domains), CineTe Filmproduktie, 1993
  • Jean Renoir, 1993
  • Himself, La vera vita de Antonio H. (also known as The True Life of Antonio H.), 1994
  • Himself (director), The Story of X, 1997
  • Himself, Kurosawa: The Last Emperor, 1999
  • Himself, Pier Paolo Pasolini e la ragione di un sogno, 2001
  • Himself (in archive footage), Farough Farroukhzad, 2002
  • Television Work
  • Director
  • La via del petrolio (three-part documentary about petroleum; contains "Attraverso l'Europa," "Il viaggio," and "Le origini"), RAI, 1965-1966
  • I poveri muoino prima (documentary on poverty for the Italian Communist Party), 1971
  • La salute e malata (documentary on health reforms for the ItalianCommunist Party), 1972
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Himself, Cinema de notre temps: Pasolini l'enrage, 1966
  • Omnibus, ABC, 1988
  • Master of the courtyard, Golem, l'esprit de l'exil (also known asGolem, the Ghost of Exile and Golem, the Spirit of the Exile),Channel 4, 1992
  • Addicted to Fame, 1994
  • Himself, Empire of the Censors, 1995
  • Himself, Leaud l'unique, 2001
  • Himself, Bernardo Bertolucci: A cosa serve il cinema? (also knownas Bernardo Bertolucci: What Is the Purpose of Cinema?), 2002
  • Himself, Claude Jutra, portrait sur film (also known as ClaudeJutra, an Unfinished Story), 2002
  • Episodic
  • Himself, Willemsens Woche, 1994
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • (With Pier Paolo Pasolini and Sergio Citti) La commare secca (adapted from a story by Pasolini), released in the United States as The Grim Reaper, Cinematografica Cervi, 1962, published by G. Zibetti, 1962
  • (With Gianni Amico) Prima della rivoluzione (based on the story "The Charterhouse of Parma," by Stendhal), Iride Cinematografica, 1964, released in the United States as Before the Revolution, New Yorker Films, 1965
  • (With others) Ballata di un milliardo, 1966
  • "Il fico infruttuoso," Vangelo '70 (also known as Love and Anger, Amore e rabbia, Evangile 70, and La contestation), Castoro Films, 1967
  • (With Sergio Leone) C'era una volta il West, released in the United States as Once upon a Time in the West, Paramount, 1968
  • (With Amico) Partner (also known as Il sosia; adapted fromthe novel The Double, by Feodor Dostoevsky), Red Films, 1968, releasedin the United States by New Yorker Films, 1968
  • Il conformista (also known as Der Grosse Irrtum and Le conformiste; adapted from the novel of the same name by Alberto Moravia),Mars Film/Marianne Productions/Maran Films, 1970, released in the United States as The Conformist, Paramount, 1971
  • (With Marilu Parolini and Edoardo De Gregorio) La strategia del ragno (adapted from the story "Theme of the Traitor and the Hero," by Jorge Luis Borges, the opera Rigoletto, by Giuseppe Verdi, and the work of ReneMagritte), Red Films, 1970, released in the United States as The Spider'sStratagem, New Yorker Films, 1973
  • (With others) L'inchiesa, 1971
  • (With Franco Arcalli) Ultimo tango a Parigi (also known as Le dernier tango a Paris), released in the United States as Last Tango inParis, United Artists, 1973, published in Bernardo Bertolucci's "LastTango in Paris" (contains the screenplay by Bertolucci and Arcalli and essays by Pauline Kael and Norman Mailer), Delacorte (New York City), 1973
  • (With Arcalli and Giuseppe Bertolucci) Novecento (also known as 1900-- Gewalt, Macht, Leidenschaft and 1900--Kampf, Liebe, Hoffnung), released in the United States as 1900 (also known as NineteenHundred), Paramount, 1977, published in two volumes, Einaudi, 1976
  • (With Arcalli, G. Bertolucci, and Clare Peploe) La luna, releasedin the United States as Luna, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1979
  • La tragedia dell'uomo ridicolo, Fiction Cinematografica, 1981, released in the United States as Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man, Ladd, 1982
  • (With Mark Peploe and Enzo Ungari) The Last Emperor (also known asLe dernier empereur and L'ultimo imperatore; adapted from theautobiography From Emperor to Citizen, by Pu Yi with Li Wenda), Columbia, 1987
  • (With Mark Peploe) The Sheltering Sky (also known as Il te neldeserto; adapted from the novel of the same name by Paul Bowles), WarnerBros., 1990
  • (And story) Little Buddha, Miramax, 1993
  • (Story) Stealing Beauty (also known as Beaute volee and Io ballo da sola), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996
  • Besieged (also known as The Siege and L'assedio), Fine Line, 1998
  • The Triumph of Love (also known as Il trionfo dell'amore),Paramount Classics, 2001
  • "Histoire d'eaux," Ten Minutes Older: The Cello, 2002
  • The Dreamers, Fox Searchlight, 2003
  • Also wrote the unproduced screenplay Red Harvest (adapted from thebook by Dashiell Hammett).
  • Teleplays
  • La via del petrolio (three-part documentary about petroleum; contains "Attraverso l'Europa," "Il viaggio," and "Le origini"), RAI, 1965-1966
  • I poveri muoino prima (documentary on poverty for the Italian Communist Party), 1971
  • La salute e malata (documentary on health reforms for the ItalianCommunist Party), 1972
  • Stage Plays
  • Agonia (based on "Il fico infruttuoso," Vangelo '70), produced by the Living Theatre, 1967
  • Poetry
  • In cerca del mistero (title means "In Search of Mystery"), Longanesi (Milan, Italy), 1962
  • Contributor of poems to Italian periodicals.
  • Nonfiction
  • (With Don Ranvaud and Enzo Ungari) Bertolucci by Bertolucci, Plexus, 1987
  • Contributor of articles on films and filmmaking to periodicals, includingCahiers du cinema, Film Comment, Film Quarterly, and Rolling Stone.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Contemporary Authors, Volume 106, Gale, 1982
    • Encyclopedia of World Biography Supplement, Volume 18, Gale, 1998
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 2: Directors, St. James Press, 1996
    Periodicals
    • Entertainment Weekly, January 28, 1994, p. 76
    • Hollywood Reporter, April 11, 1988, pp. 22, 70
    • Interview, May, 1988, pp. 74-78
    • Maclean's, November 5, 2001, p. 61
    • People Weekly, May 9, 1988, p. 63
    • Rolling Stone, January 14, 1988, p. 33
    • Variety, May 22, 2000, p. 74

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