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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 Creator/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]]. Things go downhill from there.

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 ''Film/AnatomyOfHell'', both of which would help to revive the Euroshlock genre in the 2000s.

!!This film provides examples of:

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Invoked and deconstructed -- Paul starts out seeming TroubledButCute, but gets increasingly nasty and abusive towards Jeanne, both physically and verbally... yet even after some of his nastier moments she confesses to have fallen in love with him. Jeanne is, however, portrayed as rather messed up, and it gets increasingly obvious just how toxic their relationship is.
* BastardBoyfriend: Both Jeanne's movie director boyfriend and Paul, each in their own way; the movie director is less openly a bastard but cares more about his art and artistic vision than he does about Jeanne, and Paul becomes directly abusive -- especially after their relationship gets beyond anonymous sex.
%%* 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: The film ends with [[spoiler: Jeanne killing Paul after she revealed her name to him, leading her into a [[HeroicBSOD B.S.O.D.]].]]
%%* DysfunctionJunction
* {{Fanservice}}: Schneider gets naked. A ''lot.'' Brando, however, doesn't -- he did in the original cut, but Bernardo removed the scene. Sorry, ladies.
%%* FlashBack
* HeroicBSOD: Jeanne suffers one [[spoiler:at the very end of the film, after she has shot and killed Paul.]]
%%* IKissYourFoot
* InstantSeduction: Or possibly rape...it's a little vague. Within a few minutes of their first meeting, Paul grabs Jeanne and proceeds to [[WallBangHer have sex with her against a wall]]: It's ambiguous just how consensual it is on her part.
%%* JerkAss: Paul
%%* 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: Jeanne is in a relationship with the film director, but she's also in a relationship with Paul. Neither of them knows about the other's involvement at all, though much of the drama comes more from Paul's (and to an extent Jeanne's) emotional issues.
%%* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces
%%* ManlyTears
%%* MurderTheHypotenuse: The DownerEnding
%%* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: The "consensuality" of many of the sex scenes is... questionable.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Paul inherited some underlying baggage from his dead wife.
* RightThroughHisPants: Twice Paul seduces/rapes Jeanne without taking his pants off, including in 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. Played by [[Film/TheAdventuresofAntoineDoinel Jean-Pierre Léaud]] himself.
* WallBangHer: The first sex scene between Paul and Jeanne, done within minutes of them first meeting one another. It's left ambiguous whether this is InstantSeduction or straight-up rape.