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Date of birth 16 March 1940
Location Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director whose films are known for their colorful visual style, was born in Parma, Italy, in 1940. He attended Rome University and became famous as a poet. He served as assistant director for Pier Paolo Pasolini in the film Accattone (1961) and directed Commare secca, La (1962). His second film, Prima della rivoluzione (1964), which was released in 1971, received an Academy Award nomination for best screenplay. Bertolucci also received an Academy Award nomination as best director for Ultimo tango a Parigi (1972), and the best director and best screenplay for the film The Last Emperor (1987), which walked away with nine Academy Awards.


" I left the ending ambiguous, because that is the way life is." [His answer on 2 October 1979 to a woman who had just seen a special screening of Luna, La (1979) at the Film Center of the School of the Art Institute, Chicago]."

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