Oscar-winning Italian director of ‘The Last Emperor’ dies at 77
Italian director and screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci, whose films include Last Tango in Paris, The Conformist and The Last Emperor, has died in Rome aged 77.
The Oscar-winning director – who was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2009 – became known for movies with a colorful visual style and political films.
One of his most famous works is The Last Emperor, a biographical film about the life of Aisin-Gioro Puyi, the last Emperor of China.
At the 60th Academy Awards, the film won all nine Oscars for which it was nominated: best picture, director, writing, adapted screenplay, cinematography, film editing, costume design, art direction-set decoration, music, original score and sound.
Last Tango in Paris, another one of his best-known films, caused debate as it was about a recently widowed American who begins an anonymous sexual relationship with a young Parisian woman. It stars Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, and Jean-Pierre Leaud.
Bertolucci was married to British screenwriter Clare Peploe. He died in Rome on November 26 following a short battle with lung cancer.