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Monday, November 10, 2014

Remembering her, Bertolucci said, "Her death came too soon, before I could hold her again tenderly, and tell her that I felt connected to her as on the first day, and for once, to ask her to forgive me."[21] He added, "Maria accused me of having robbed her of her youth and only today am I wondering whether there wasn't some truth to that."[22][23]

Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro had previously worked with Bertolucci on The Conformist and often used an azure hue in the film. Storaro later told a reporter that
"after The Conformist I had a moment of crisis; I was asking myself: what can come after azure?...I did not have the slightest idea that an orange film could be born. We needed another kind of emotion...It was the case of Last Tango.[8]
For Last Tango in Paris, Bertolucci and Storaro took inspiration from Bacon's paintings by using "rich oranges, light and cool grays, icy whites, and occasional reds combine[d] with Bertolucci's own tasteful choices of soft browns, blond browns, and delicate whites with bluish and pink shadings.

"I'm still struggling for the image of women in film and I'm still working, not as much as I would like to because for a woman in her late forties, it's hard to find work. Not only in France. I had a chat with Angelica Huston last year. We spoke about the same problem, you know. I don't know where it comes from? The writers, the producers, or the directors. But I think it's a pity even for the public. We get a response to see a mature woman in film "  -

Maria Schneider 



The song "Maria" from the 2012 album Banga by Patti Smith was written in memory of Schneider.



Year Film English Translation/
Also Known As
Role Language
1969 Les Femmes
cameo appearance French
L'Arbre de Noël The Christmas Tree cameo appearance French
1970 Madly

1971 Les jambes en l'air a.k.a: César Grandblaise Sarah Grandblaise French
1972 Hellé
Nicole French
La Vieille Fille The Old Maid Mome French, German
What a Flash!
cameo appearance French
Ultimo tango a Parigi Last Tango in Paris Jeanne French, English
1973 Cari genitori Dear Parents Antonia Italian, English
Reigen (de) Dance Of Love Das süße Mädel German
1975 La Baby Sitter Scar Tissue Michèle English
Professione: reporter The Passenger The Girl English, German, Spanish
1977 Violanta
Laura French
1978 Voyage au jardin des morts
Hypolyte French
Io sono mia I Belong To Me Suna Spanish
1979 La Dérobade Memoirs of a French Whore Maloup French
Een vrouw als Eva A Woman Like Eve Liliane Dutch
1980 Weiße Reise White Travel
Haine Hate
Mama Dracula Mother Dracula Nancy Hawaii French, English
1981 Une saison de paix à Paris a.k.a: Sezona mira u Parizu Elen French, Serbian
La chanson du mal aimé

Leo English
1982 Cercasi Gesù Looking For Jesus
a.k.a: L'imposteur
Francesca Italian
Balles perdues Stray Bullets Véra French
1984 Princess & The Photographer a.k.a: Yoroppa tokkyu
English, Japanese
1987 Résidence surveillée
Céline Fontaine French
1989 Bunker Palace Hôtel
1991 The Conviction

Écrans de sable
Sarah French
1992 Au pays des Juliets In the Country of Juliets Raissa
Les Nuits fauves Savage Nights Noria French
1996 Jane Eyre
Bertha English
1998 Something to Believe In

2000 Les Acteurs The Actors herself French
2002 La Repentie The Repentant
2004 Au large de Bad Ragaz

2006 Perds pas la boule!
Thelda French
Quale amore

2007 La Vie d'artiste The Life Of The Artist cameo appearance French
La Clef The Key Solange French
2008 Cliente Client Marie-Hélène French

TV Series

  • 1984: Buio nella valle (TV mini-series)
  • 1985: A Song for Europe (TV movie)
  • 1987: Résidence surveillée
  • 1987: L'or noir de Lornac (TV series)
  • 1988: Silvia è sola (TV movie)
  • 1993: Contrôle d'identité (TV movie)
  • 1995: Navarro (TV series) (as Samira in one episode, L'ombre d'un père)
  • 1998: Angelo nero (TV movie), 1998
  • 1998: Il cuore e la spada (TV movie), (Queen Maga of Ireland)
  • 2004: Maigret (TV series)
  • 2008: A.D. La guerre de l'ombre (TV mini-series)


Maria Schneider RIP

LAST TANGO IN PARIS was the hottest film of 1972 this side of the XXX hits DEEP THROAT and BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR. Audiences were enthralled by the full-frontal nude scenes between the cinema icon Marlon Brando and the lithe ingenue Maria Schneider. The young actress was a protege of Brigitte Bardot. Nothing in the script had forewarned the 20 year-old about an improvised sex duet with Brando during which he greased her naked flesh with butter in preparation for anal sex.
The sex was faked, but Schneider’s tears were real, for in her words, “I felt humiliated and to be honest, I felt a little raped, both by Marlon and by Bertolucci. After the scene, Marlon didn’t console me or apologize. Thankfully, there was just one take.”
Her salary for the entire film was $4000.
No one paid Schneider for the everlasting infamy, for LAST TANGO IN PARIS enraged audiences around the world. New York critics labelled the film ‘pornography’. Protesters fought with movie-goers in New Jersey and church leaders descried the film the end of morality. The director and Brando were awarded Oscars for LAST TANGO, despite the controversy. Few people worried about the effects of Bertolucci’s brutal treatment of his lead actress.
Schneider struggled throughout the 70s with by drug addiction, overdoses, and a suicide attempt. She was lucky to have survived that period and her career lasted into the 90s, although the Frenchwoman never attained the acclaim of LAST TANGO IN PARIS. I saw the film at the Orson Welles Theater. I fantasized about sex with Maria Schneider for months, even after she declared herself as bisexual. Actually that statement might have rekindled my interests, however our paths never crossed in the following decades. I mourn her passing and hope that she is at rest.
Her beauty will be another light in the stars.

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