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Bernardo Bertolucci, often hailed as one of Italy’s greatest film makers, alongside Visconti, Pasolini, Leone and Fellini, was Born 16th March 1940 in Parma, Italy to a father who was a reputed art historian and poet. Bertolucci started writing himself at the age of 15 and soon after received several prestigious literary awards. Encouraged by his father who frequently took him to film screenings, he directed his first feature in 1962 (The Grim Reaper), which was shortly followed by his acclaimed Before the Revolution (1964). The release of The Conformist in 1970 confirmed Bertolucci’s directorial excellence, but the world really took notice in 1972, after the release of The Last Tango in Paris, an erotic film starring Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider which opened the door to eroticism in general-release films. His next film, 1900 (1976), was a very ambitious epic about 20th century Italy with a strong Marxist stance, massive budget and an impressive cast. Perceived as somewhat of a failure due to its vast running time (5-hour-plus) and strong political views, 1900 was cut down to a 4 hour version and left Bertolucci scarred. After Luna (1979) and The Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man (1981), Bertolucci finally appeared to embrace the mainstream with a massive worldwide hit, The Last Emperor (1987), a vast English language epic about the last monarch of China, Pu Yi. The film received nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture Best Director and Best Screenplay. His more recent films-Sheltering Sky (1990), Stealing Beauty (1996), Besieged (1998) and Dreamers (2003) saw the director work in a more intimate and personal vein. Often explicit, political, controversial and autobiographical, he uses his films to express his own political views. While sex and politics are widely considered to be defining characteristics of Bertolucci’s films, his range is extremely broad. One theme does remain central to his films – psychoanalysis. Bertolucci’s interest in human condition is best expressed through presence of numerous psychologists who have followed him everywhere, interpreting his dreams as research on the creative artist.