There would not be many people who remember seeing this in a movie theatre, we're getting older. It is wonderful to see it today so well mastered and sub-titled. Bertolucci is politically well-aware and prepared to let his progressive views known. Nevertheless, as the title proclaims, he can see merit in chronicling the lives of the bourgeois protagonists whom he has studied so well. Their confusions and entanglements are familiar even today because our time is similar in so many respects.
I found the characters so convincing that I forgot I was looking at people paid to act in front of a camera.
We KNOW these people, although they are Italians, living 60 odd years ago. This is because the same
problems are affecting middle-class educated people in our society today.
The time when this film was made somehow feels familiar, despite certain technological changes. And Bertolucci accurately captures the atmosphere in which we and our friends live, with the confusions and uncertainties characteristic "before a revolution".