When the modified version of Whedon was released, it was hurled by critics and considered commercially disappointing. The film’s reception contributed to WB’s decision to abandon Snyder’s plans for a multi-film series, despite fierce fan opposition. A background of fan campaigns asking to see Snyder’s original vision for the project led to its eventual release. Justice League by Zack Snyder on HBO Max, although there are no other plans to continue Snyder’s vision for the DC Extended Universe.
The Last Tango in Paris (1972)
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After seeing Bernardo Bertolucci’s relationship drama at the New York Film Festival, influential critic Pauline Kael prophetically wrote: “This is a movie that people will argue, I think, as long as there’s a movie.” Fifty years later, Kael is still right.
Marlon Brando plays a widower in mourning for his wife’s suicide as he crosses the street with a young Persian woman played by Maria Schneider. They begin an “anonymous” sexual relationship, before things turn possessive and violent. The film received an “X” rating in the US, but faced wider international scrutiny. In Italy, police seized all copies of the film at the behest of a prosecutor who defined the film as “self-serving pornography”. Bertolucci was also put on trial for lewdness. The trial lasted until 1976 when an Italian court ruled that all copies of the film had to be destroyed and Bertolucci served a suspended 4-month prison sentence, causing his citizenship to be revoked. for five years, stripping him of his voting rights.
The film’s scandal mainly centered on anal rape scenes, with the use of butter as lubricant. The scene was heavily altered by Brando, who encouraged the use of butter at the last minute. Schneider was 19 years old when the scene was shot, and then Recount the following incident in 2007:
“They just told me about it before we had to shoot the scene and I was furious. Should I call my agent or have my attorney come to the set, because you can’t force someone to do something. [when it] not in the script, but at the time, I didn’t know that. Marlon said to me: ‘Maria, don’t worry, it’s just a movie, but in the scene, even though what Marlon was doing wasn’t real, I cried for real. I felt humiliated and to be honest, I felt a bit raped, both Marlon and Bertolucci. After the scene, Marlon didn’t comfort me or apologize. Thankfully, only once. ”
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