Bernardo Bertolucci, Director of 'The Last Emperor,' Dies
Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director and screenwriter whose films include Last Tango in Paris and The Last Emperor, for which he won the Academy Award for best director and best adapted screenplay, has died in Rome. He was 77. He became known for movies with a colorful visual style and political films.
In 1962, at the age of 22, he directed his first feature film, La commare secca, a murder mystery about a prostitute's homicide that uses flashbacks to piece together the crime.In 1987, Bertolucci directed the epic 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.
The Last Emperor was the first Western film made in China and about the country to be produced with full Chinese government cooperation since 1949. It was also the first feature film ever authorized by the government of the People's Republic of China to film in the Forbidden City.
Bertolucci was married, since 1979, to British screenwriter Clare Peploe.
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