I have made films myself, scripted films, and known directors, crew and actors, so I have few illusions about films as a working reality. I know that a film set is never a peaceful, safe place for anybody. A film set is like a dysfunctional family that falls apart after a couple of months.
So I don’t like to moralize about the issues of making cinematic art, but I find it is impossible to stay silent — especially when others are being offensively loud about the industry’s dark side. For instance, the world-famous Bernardo Bertolucci. Bertolucci released a new film recently — it was well-received — and then he reminisced in public about the high-points of his Oscar-winning film career. Especially “Last Tango in Paris.”
This much-discussed film is a decadent erotic love story between an old boxer and a young hippie in an empty flat in Paris. It had a scene that has never lost its potential to shock. It involved butter and sodomy. More