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TCM Remembers: From Farley Granger & Elizabeth Taylor to Last Silent Film Actresses & Tura Satana + Those MIA

Farley Granger shirtless publicity shot ca. late 1940s. A Samuel Goldwyn discovery in the early 1940s, dark and handsome Farley Granger (born on July 1, 1925, in San Jose, California) might have become a bigger star had he not been under contract to the independent producer, whose output was considerably more limited than that of the major studios. With the exception of Charles Vidor's box office hit Hans Christian Andersen (1952), with Danny Kaye in the title role, Granger's most important films were those he made while away from Goldwyn: Nicholas Ray's socially conscious film noir They Live by Night (1948), with Cathy O'Donnell; Alfred Hitchcock's crime drama Rope (1948), with Granger and John Dall as two young, wealthy, and […]


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TCM Remembers: From Farley Granger & Elizabeth Taylor to Last Silent Film Actresses & Tura Satana + Those MIA



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