Biography: Bernardo Bertolucci was the son of a poet and initially became a poet himself winning an Italian literary prize.
He began his film career as an assistant director to Pier Paolo Pasolini before making his first film in 1962.
Bertolucci's most famous film remains "The Last Tango in Paris", starring Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider and notorious for its sexual content. The director was prosecuted for the film's content in Italy and lost his civil rights for five years as a result.
Bertolucci went on to direct "The Last Emperor" (1987) which won Best Picture and Best Director for Berolucci at the Academy Awards. It was also the first western film to be shot in the Forbidden City in China with the support of the Chinese government.
Bertolucci has been honored both at the Cannes Film festival and the Venice Film Festival for his life's work.
- 1987-10-04 "The Last Emperor" directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and starring John Lone, Joan Chen and Peter O'Toole premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival (Best Picture 1988)