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TOPIC: Outrage Over 'Last Tango in Paris' Rape Scene

Outrage Over 'Last Tango in Paris' Rape Scene 04 Dec 2016 15:37 #11144

  • carina.h
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I just want to say that I have never heard or watched this film and after reading this article, I don't intend to watch it. This week, a recently resurfaced video interview from 2013 of the director of the film Last Tango in Paris, Bernardo Bertolucci, shows him admitting that actress Maria Schneider didn't know about the rape scene or how graphic it was going to be. Technically, she was raped on camera without her consent. This disgusts me because I can't believe two grown men, the director and the actor Marlon Brando, agreed not to tell her what was going to happen in the scene because they wanted to catch her authentic emotions. The director said he wanted to capture the emotions of a girl being raped not an actress. An actor's job is to portray a character and make it believable, that doesn't mean you can take advantage of that and call it art. If he didn't feel she was up to it, he should've helped her with the scene or have gotten another actress. What also bothers me is that he doesn't feel guilty. He's just sorry he couldn't apologize for humiliating her before she died. As a woman, I find it disgusting because she is suppose to be able to trust these two individuals and should feel safe around them. This film scarred her emotionally and mentally that she really didn't have a steady job after that movie.

Source: www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hollywood...-scene-confession-95
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Outrage Over 'Last Tango in Paris' Rape Scene 06 Dec 2016 13:28 #11185

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Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It is horrifying and disgusting that an iconic film captured the rape of an actress. You are exactly right that she trusted the many men who were privy to the plan to shoot the scene "authentically." By violating her rights and trust and then broadcasting the crime to millions of viewers, this woman's life was severely impacted. Many people may be quick to dismiss this as a consequence of the times. However, revenge porn is a growing industry where males capture pictures and video of women without their consent and post them publicly. Women, especially minors, have committed suicide as a result. Many states lack the laws to properly prosecute these men. While the intentions are different, the publication of a deeply private pain for public consumption is unchanged. The publication of the crime compounds the effects of the trauma and makes the woman's identity inherently tied to her experience as a victim. In other words, the media never goes away and this woman is never able to put the past behind her. What a tragic experience and it is sadly too late for any justice for her.
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Outrage Over 'Last Tango in Paris' Rape Scene 07 Dec 2016 01:52 #11186

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I hadn't even heard of this before your posting, so thank you. This was absolutely absurd to me and it angered me a lot. Capturing "real emotions" is understandable, however those circumstances are completely unacceptable. The fact that the actor agreed to this is also beyond me. I do not understand how any actor could knowingly have sex with an actress, ON CAMERA, without her knowledge or consent. I really hope that they look into this further because to me, it is completely unacceptable and they should be hold accountable.
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