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  • Actors: Adriana Asti, Francesco Barilli
  • Directors: Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Ripley'S Home Video
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G8NZ5S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,638 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Tormentato dalla scelta tra un'esistenza borghese e l'ideologia marxista, Fabrizio sprofonda in una crisi acuita dal suicidio dell'amico Agostino. La storia d'amore con la giovane zia sembra dargli un momentaneo conforto, ma il turbamento interiore di Fabrizio ha la meglio su tutti, anche sulla guida spirituale Cesare. Sconfitto e deluso tornerà al rassicurante amore di Clelia e a un tranquillo matrimonio borghese. Ambientato nella natia Parma, segna la svolta artistica di Bernardo Bertolucci che fotografa e da voce all'insoddisfazione di una generazione che, tra paure e desideri, in pochi anni verrà travolta dagli avvenimenti del '68.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Film Buff on 16 Dec. 2014
Format: VHS Tape
The Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci is mostly remembered today for the sexploits of Last Tango in Paris (1972) and the much later multi-Oscar winning smash hit The Last Emporer (1987). Since then his films have been inconsistent and largely ignored. Nobody noticed Me and You limp onto our screens in 2012 and wheelchair-bound as he now is, it’s hard not to feel sorry for this once-great auteur. Few it seems remember that he was once at the vanguard of cinematic innovation, his best films considered by many to be among the very greatest in world cinema. These works were made way back at the beginning of his career in the heyday of the French New Wave lasting through the 60s and reaching into the early 70s. They are The Grim Reaper (1962), Before the Revolution (1964), Partner (1968), The Spider’s Stratagem (1970), The Conformist (1970) and Last Tango in Paris. Spanning roughly the same dates as Jean-Luc Godard’s most productive phase (Breathless [1959] through to Week-end [1970]) these films amount to a ferociously intelligent, thematically consistent exploration of new means of cinematic expression which rivals (and arguably surpasses) those explored by his French New Wave counter-parts. Make no mistake Bertolucci was a key figure in the modernist movement in cinema that originated out of Italian Neorealism at the end of the war. He had a thorough grounding in the classic American film that impacted on the French New Wave directors. Also, he paid homage to the classic European ‘Tradition of Quality’ which Godard and company reacted against while remaining very responsive to the most important cinema happening around him.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 1 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
Before the Revolution is a ravishingly cinematic piece of work, with Bertolucci showing a real confidence with both camera and location that both serves and enhances the script. It doesn't always work, but when it does, it's an outstanding piece of cinema first and foremost - the politics is more a reflection of a universal weakness of character than a specific moment in time a la Godard (the film was adapted and updated from Stendhal's The Charterhouse of Parma). Even the movie references don't gall the way they almost always do in modern films because Bertolucci not only puts them into context with the other arts (literature, music, painting, photography) but makes them personal obsessions that are part of character - the movie buff isn't just there to talk about Bertolucci's favorite films, or even to point out that in cinema style is content: it's simply how that character communicates by equating life to art. A surprisingly exciting piece of cinema.

The very impressive Italian 2-disc set offers a superb widescreen transfer with English subtitles and a wide array of interviews, all with English subtitles, with cast, crew, academics and directors influenced by the film, including several not included on the BFI's forthcoming Blu-ray release. The full list, for those who are interested: Travelling Companions (Enzo Siciliano, Adriano Apra and Giovanni Bertolucci), Self-Portrait (Bernardo Bertolucci, 45 minutes), Gina and Fabrizio (Adriana Asti and Francesco Barilli), The Workshop of the Young Masters (Roberto Perpignani, Vittorio Storaro and Ennio Morricone), Re-Readings (Francesco Casetti, Giovanna Grignaffini and Lucilla Albano) and After the Revolution (Marco Tullio Giordana and Marco Bellocchio).
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alf Liebhold on 21 April 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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".
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By pamela hunter on 26 Mar. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Ravishingly beautiful acting, locations, editing and cinematography. Incredible expressionistic handheld camerawork.
50 years old and still bursting with ideas and energy that put modern Hollywood in the shadows of cliche.
Not only does it homage Godard, it actually betters much of his work by adding a truly sincere deep emotional core to the story.
The observant of you will see how a scene in this film was a direct influence on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Also the crisp black and white photography and music clearly inspired Martin Scorcese's Raging Bull.
Incredible to think this film was made by a 22 year old. He must have been a prodigy.
He clearly used a wheelchair to get many of the amazing tracking shots around the beautiful city of Parma and the Opera House.
This film contains what is still one of cinema's greatest achievements: A single handheld shot that is 5 minutes long that spins around a room, with multiple focus pulls. It's when the lover's kiss in a room and it absolutely allows you to enter their passion. This shot was shown on the Mark Cousins' History of Cinema documentary.
More than anything this film is a playful, passionate document of what can be achieved with a camera, an actor and a light.
A true masterpiece.
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