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Bernardo Bertolucci Regrets Not Apologising To Maria Schneider For Butter Scene


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Moviemaker Bernardo Bertolucci will forever regret not making peace with his Last Tango in Paris leading lady Maria Schneider over the film's infamous 'butter scene' before she died two years ago.

The great director and the movie's star Marlon Brando came up with the idea to use dairy during a graphic sex scene over breakfast and Bertolucci chose not to tell a shocked Schneider about their plans.

In a new Playboy magazine interview with contributor James Franco, he reveals, "Marlon and I decided over breakfast one morning to use butter in their sodomy scene, which wasn't in the script. I decided not to tell her - it was asking for too much discussion.

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Patti Smith Writes Song For Amy Winehouse


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Patti Smith has penned a musical tribute to Amy Winehouse.

The 'Because the Night' hitmaker wrote a poem in ode to the British singer following her death in July last year and set the words to music for a track which will appear on her forthcoming new album.

She told Uncut magazine: "The little song for Amy just blossomed in the studio. We were at [New York recording studio] Electric Lady doing a whole other song and I wrote Amy a little poem when she died and my bass player, Tony Shanahan, wrote a piece of music and the two matched perfectly.

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Bertolucci Regrets Not Making Peace With Schneider


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Director Bernardo Bertolucci is saddened by the death of French actress Maria Schneider, because he never got the chance to apologise for submitting her to the explicit sex scenes in his controversial classic Last Tango in Paris.

The actress, who lost her battle with cancer on Thursday (03Feb11), was cast as Marlon Brando's lover in the controversial 1972 film when she was just 19.

The romantic drama, about an affair between a young Parisian woman and a middle-aged man, featured an infamous and graphic anal sex scene - which Schneider later revealed left her traumatised for years.

Italian filmmaker Bertolucci regrets falling out with Schneider over the role, and wishes he had made more of an effort to make peace with the actress while she was alive - because only now does he understand how much the controversy affected her at such a young age.

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Maria Schneider Dies Aged 58


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French actress Maria Schneider has died at the age of 58.

The movie star - best known for her role opposite Marlon Brando in 1972 movie 'Last Tango in Paris' - died in Paris today (03.02.11) after a long battle with cancer, her family has confirmed.

Schneider was only 19 when she was cast in the film by director Bernardo Bertolucci.

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Last Tango In Paris Star Schneider Dies


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French actress Maria Schneider has died at the age of 58 after a long illness.

Schneider, best known as Marlon Brando's lover in Bernardo Bertolucci's 1972 movie Last Tango In Paris, passed away in Paris, France on Thursday (03Feb11). She had been battling cancer.

The actress, whose dad was French actor Daniel Gelin, was just 19 when she was cast opposite Brando, then 48, in the romantic drama about a young Parisian woman and a middle-aged man who have an affair.

Schneider went on to star with Jack Nicholson in the existential drama The Passenger, and a string of other films including Haine and Jane Eyre.

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Schneider: 'Last Tango In Paris Drove Me To Suicide'


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French actress Maria Schneider was driven to suicide following the release of controversial movie Last Tango in Paris.
The 55-year-old - who starred alongside late actor Marlon Brandon - was taken aback by the furore over an explicit love scene in the 1972 movie - and considered taking her own life.
She says, "The whole circus made me go mad. I got into drugs - it was an escape from reality.
"I didn't enjoy being famous at all and the drugs were an escape. I took pills to try and commit suicide but I survived because God decided it wasn't time for me to go."

Schneider Felt 'Raped' By Brando


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Screen icon Marlon Brando pressured French actress Maria Schneider into an explicit sex scene in their movie Last Tango in Paris, according to the actress.
Schneider says she was unaware she would be starring in one of film's most controversial sex scenes when she accepted the role in the 1972 movie, but was forced into it by Brando, who had written the scene into the movie.
Schneider claims the steamy scene - where Brando performs a sex act on her character Jeanne - felt like "rape" and left her feeling humiliated.
She says, "That scene wasn't in the original script. The truth is it was Marlon who came up with the idea.
"They told me about it before we had to film the scene and I was so angry. I should have called my agent or had my lawyer come to the set because he can't force someone to do something that isn't 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 during the scene, even though what Marlon was doing wasn't real, I was crying real tears.
"I felt humiliated and to be honest, I felt a little raped both by Marlon and (filmmaker Bernado) Bertolucci.
"After the scene, Marlon didn't console me or apologise. Thankfully there was only one take."

Sonny Rollins Takes Top Jazz Award


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Saxophonist SONNY ROLLINS picked up the top awards at the 10th annual Jazz Awards on Monday (19JUN06). The 75-year-old took the Musician Of The Year and Tenor Saxophonist Of The Year after releasing his first live recording in 20 years, the Grammy Award winning WITHOUT A SONG: THE 9/11 CONCERT. Other winners at the ceremony at Bb King's Blues Club and Grill in New York include: Album Of The Year - THELONIOUS MONK QUARTET WITH JOHN COLTRANE AT CARNEGIE HALL Lifetime Achievement In Jazz - ROY HAYNES Drummer Of The year - PAUL MOTIAN Percussionist Of The Year - RAY BARRETTO (posthumous) Latin Jazz Album Of The Year - Bebo Valdes, BEBO DE CUBA Top Large Ensemble - GERALD WILSON Top Small Ensemble - WAYNE SHORTER Composer Of The Year - ANDREW HILL Arranger Of The Year - Maria Schneider Male Singer Of The Year - KURT ELLING Female Singer Of The Year - Dianne Reeves Trumpeter Of The Year - DAVE DOUGLAS Alto Saxophonist Of The Year - PHIL WOODS Soprano Saxophonist - JANE IRA BLOOM Clarinettist Of The Year - Paquito D'Rivera Pianist Of The Year - BILL CHARLAP Guitarist Of The Year - JIM HALL Acoustic Bassist Of The Year - RON CARTER Electric Bassist Of The Year - CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE Strings Player Of The Year - REGINA CARTER.

The Passenger Review


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The ads for Volkswagen declare that "on the road of life, there are passengers and there are drivers," the gist being that there are people who lead and take charge and others who are content to stare out the window and let things happen.

If the passenger became a driver, could he or she handle all the metaphorical responsibilities that go with it? That question is central to Michelangelo Antonioni's re-released The Passenger (1975) and the answer provides a sobering glimpse into the souls of the contenders who foolishly wish for that second chance, that empty stretch of road, and don't have any idea where to start.

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Stone And Pesci Love Scene Voted Worst Ever


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Hollywood beauty Sharon Stone's romp with vertically challenged tough guy Joe Pesci has been voted the worst love scene of all time.

The scene from Martin Scorsese's 1995 movie CASINO beat out competition from ENTRAPMENT, in which Sean Connery bedded Catherine Zeta Jones, 40 years his junior.

Third in the poll - voted for by readers of American magazine FILM - came the controversial 1972 movie Last Tango in Paris in which Marlon Brando frolics with Maria Schneider.

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