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European Film Awards: Michael Haneke Sets Best Director Record + Annie Awards Bypass Blockbusters

Michael Haneke at the 2012 European Film Awards. The story of an elderly couple facing illness and death, the German-French-Austrian co-production Amour was the top winner at this year's European Film Awards, collecting trophies in the following categories: Best European Film, Best European Director, Best European Actor (Jean-Louis Trintignant), and Best European Actress (Emmanuelle Riva). Veterans Trintignant and Riva, each one in movies for more than half a century, were first-time nominees/winners, but Michael Haneke is now a three-time Best European Director nominee/winner – a record. The German-born, Austrian-raised Haneke's previous nominations/wins were for another French-language drama, Caché / Hidden (2005), and for The White Ribbon / Das Weiße Band (2009), a stark, black-and-white drama set in pre-World War I […]


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European Film Awards: Michael Haneke Sets Best Director Record + Annie Awards Bypass Blockbusters



Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider: LAST TANGO IN PARIS Butter Sex Scene Offensively Ridiculous

Maria Schneider Schneider vs. Bernardo Bertolucci vs. Marlon Brando: Last Tango in Paris Blame Game After Marlon Brando died in 2004, Maria Schneider watched Last Tango in Paris once again and found it “kitsch.” Watching the infamous butter sex/rape scene below, one can see why. The “thrusting, jabbing eroticism” that Pauline Kael found so fascinating in her review of the film will look erotic only to those who can't spell the word “sex.” And if Schneider was saying the truth when she told journalists that Brando was the one who came up with the idea for the butter scene, then the actor should have asked a body double to perform it in his place. And someone to dub his voice […]


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Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider: LAST TANGO IN PARIS Butter Sex Scene Offensively Ridiculous



Maria Schneider: Controversial 'Last Tango in Paris' Actress Dies

Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider in Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris. The scandalous film was reviled by Lucille Ball, admired by Robert Altman, and reinterpreted by Ingmar Bergman Maria Schneider, best known for her sex scenes with Marlon Brando in Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris (1972), died of cancer earlier today in Paris. Schneider was 58. (Update: In a strange coincidence, Lena Nyman, the star of the controversial, sexually-charged 1967 Swedish drama I Am Curious (Yellow), died the day after Schneider. Nyman was 66.) The daughter of actor Daniel Gélin and Romanian-born French model Marie Christine Schneider (also a bookstore owner, according to some reports), Maria Schneider was born in Paris on March 27, 1952. At the time, Gélin […]


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Maria Schneider: Controversial 'Last Tango in Paris' Actress Dies