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Salon Italia. Before the Revolution by Bernardo Bertolucci



Salon Italia. Before the Revolution by Bernardo Bertolucci

Film screening (115’) introduced by Nick Walker and followed by a discussion.

Before the Revolution, filmed by Bernardo Bertolucci when he was just 23 years old, won the Critics Award at Cannes upon its release in 1964. Set in Bertolucci's native Parma in 1962, the film is an exploration of political doubt and the illusive freedoms of illicit love.

Bertolucci's alter ego, Fabrizio (Francesco Barilli), is a gauche upper-middle class dreamer cloistered in affluence, thrashing around in a youthful struggle to define himself against his family and society.

As the film begins, he scours the city for his intended bride, Clelia (Christina Pariset), for one last look at her, as he prepares to break decisively with his bourgeois past and defy his predestined future.

His search for meaning, identity and experience is played out through a flirtation with political commitment and an affair with his alluring, if neurotic aunt Gina (Adriana Asti). When his best friend, Agostino (Allen Midgette), appears to commit suicide, Fabrizio's emotional and political immaturity is exposed. Unable to commit either to romance or revolution, he spends the rest of the film in a delirium of indecision. To his family's delight, he eventually conforms, and returns, relieved, to Clelia and his class.

It is remarkable that Bertolucci lifted the names Clelia, Fabrizio and Gina from Stendhal's novel The Charterhouse of Parma (1839) but Before the Revolution is no mere adaptation. Bertolucci did, however, feed elements of the novel's convoluted plot into his script.


In collaboration with Rochesterkino.


Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Time: From 7:00 pm To 9:30 pm

Organized by : ICI London

In collaboration with : Rochesterkino

Entrance : Free


ICI London