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BERTOLUCCI - A Film Series



BERTOLUCCI - A Film Series

Four of the most loved works from the Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci

At the Castro Theatre, four of the most successful and loved works by legendary Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci, including the exclusive Northern California Premiere of the new 3D version of the masterpiece The Last Emperor.                 The Istituto Luce-Cinecittà in Rome, the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco and program director Amelia Antonucci present BERTOLUCCI – A FILM SERIES. Following the success of the 2013 film series PASOLINI, this special series presents four of the most successful and loved works by legendary Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci, engaging the audience in a one-day pursuit of a dream that arose from a prolific cinematic career spanning over fifty years. The festival will spotlight a unique selection of four Bertolucci films in new 35mm prints as well as the exclusive Northern California Premiere of the newly-restored 3D version of the nine-time Academy Award-winning masterpiece, THE LAST EMPEROR, converted by the international visual effects company, Prime Focus World. Special guest(s) to be announced.

Festival Schedule: 12:30 PM The Conformist (Il conformista) Bertolucci was nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay he wrote for The Conformist, which was based on the novel by Alberto Moravia. The political drama was a commentary on fascism and starred Jean-Louis Trintignant as Marcello Clerici, a man who has become a prime example of an intellectual fascist. When he is sent to Paris to assassinate his former anti-fascist mentor, Clerici must come face to face with his tortured past. (1970) 111 minutes. Presented in 35 mm projection. 3:00 PM The Sheltering Sky (Il té nel deserto)  Bertolucci received many accolades for his work with adaptation of Paul Bowles’s novel including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture and a win for Best Original Score. THE SHELTERING SKY stars John Malkovich and Debra Winger as a sophisticated couple, married for ten years, who have come to the African desert in search of renewal and personal inspiration. (1990) 137 minutes. Presented in 35 mm projection. 6:00 PM The Last Emperor 3D (L'ultimo imperatore) Bertolucci celebrated the 25th anniversary of the first international release of The Last Emperor. The celebration continues with an exclusive 3D screening during this film series. The film follows the life of Emperor Pu Yi, who took the throne at age three in 1908 before witnessing decades of cultural and political upheaval, within and without the walls of the Forbidden City. The Last Emperor is an intimate character study of one man reconciling personal responsibility and political legacy. The film won nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, three BAFTAs including Best Picture and four Golden Globes including Best Director, making it one of Bertolucci’s most critically praised and lauded works. (1987) 163 minutes. Presented in 3D digital cinema. 8:30 PM Party - Inside the Forbidden City A special party will take place in the Castro Theatre’s mezzanine will take place following the screening of THE LAST EMPEROR featuring Italian and Chinese cuisines and drinks. 9:30 PM Last Tango in Paris (Ultimo tango a Parigi) Marlon Brando received an Academy Award nomination as Paul, a middle-aged American who comes to Paris when his estranged wife commits suicide. After meeting a young Frenchwoman by the name of Jeanne (Maria Schneider), Paul enters into a sadomasochistic, carnal relationship of outrageous sexual behavior with her. The combination of the explicit sexual content, Brando’s performance, and Bertolucci’s direction (for which he also received another Academy Award nomination), makes this an art house classic. (1972) 128 minutes. Presented in 35 mm projection.

Tickets for "The Last Emperor" 3D are $15.00 each, while the other films are $12.00 each. Discounts are available for students and seniors. Tickets for the special party “Inside the Forbidden City” are $15.00 each. The All-Access Pass (admission to all films plus the party) is $50.00 each.

IIC MEMBER DISCOUNTS ($12 for The Last Emperor, $9 for other films; maximum 4 member discounts per person): contact us on 415 788 7142 for details.

Please visit this page for more information. To purchase tickets and passes, visit BERTOLUCCI – A Film Series is presented in association with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - MiBAC), under the auspices of the Consul General of Italy in San Francisco.


Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014

Entrance : Free