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'''''Ultimo Tango a Parigi''''' ('''''Last Tango in Paris''''') is a 1972 Italian drama film (though with French and English dialogue) directed by Creator/BernardoBertolucci and starring MarlonBrando and Maria Schneider.

Paul (Brando), a 45-year old American who lives and owns a hotel abroad in Paris, is mourning the suicide of his wife when he meets Parisan woman Jeanne (Schneider) whilst apartment hunting. Jeanne herself is engaged to a film director, though Paul does not know this initially. The two feel lonely and marginalized, so they begin a torrid affair, of which the rules, as set by Paul, are that they do not tell each other any personal details about themselves; not even their names. As time goes by, Paul becomes possessive and starts to act abusively towards Jeanne; in one infamous scene he anally rapes her [[{{Squick}} using butter as lubricant]]. He has fallen in love with her, and wants her for himself. He tries to pressure her into leaving her fiancee and telling him her name, and eventually she is left with no choice but to kill him by gunshot, thus ending the film.

When released, the film's groundbreaking subject matter caused a media frenzy and [[MoralGuardians Moral Guardian]] outrage; despite some glowing critical reception and Academy Award nominations for Brando and Bertolucci. It is regarded nowadays as one of the best European films and best arthouse films ever made. It could be considered the [[TropeMaker progenitor]] of the {{Euroshlock}} genre. It is an obvious influence on the films of Creator/CatherineBreillat (who herself has a small appearance in the film), specifically ''[[Film/{{Romance}} Romance]]'' and ''[[AnatomyOfHell Anatomy of Hell]]'', both of which would help to revive the Euroshlock genre in the 2000s.

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!!This film provides examples of:

%%* AllGirlsWantBadBoys
%%* BastardBoyfriend
%%* ChekhovsGun: quite literally.
* ClingyJealousGirl: inverted at the end when Paul becomes the SpearCounterpart and effectively a StalkerWithACrush
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Paul's emotional baggage over his wife's suicide and arguably Jeanne's childhood
%%* DownerEnding
%%* DysfunctionJunction
* FanService: Schneider gets naked. Brando doesn't, however. He did in the original cut, but Bernardo removed the scene. Sorry, ladies.
%%* FlashBack
%%* IKissYourFoot
%%* InstantSeduction (or possibly rape...it's a little vague)
%%* JerkAss: Paul
* [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero Licensed Sexist]]: Paul inherited some underlying baggage from his dead wife
%%* LoveHurts: a principle theme, figuratively and literally.
* LoveMartyr: Jeanne to start, then Paul when he decides to pursue an actual emotional relationship with her at the end, eventually ''literally'' embodying this trope.
%%* LoveTriangle: a particularly dark one of Type 7 in TriangRelations
%%* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces
%%* ManlyTears
%%* MurderTheHypotenuse: the DownerEnding
%%* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: The "consensuality" of many of the sex scenes is... questionable.
%%* RightThroughHisPants: twice, including the infamous "butter" scene.
%%* SurvivorGuilt
%%* TheGruntingOrgasm
* RomanticFalseLead: Jeanne's movie director boyfriend/fiance who's so thoroughly absorbed in his work that he treats her as much as scenery as a LoveInterest
%%* WallBangHer
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