The controversy has been more a matter of raised eyebrows and disappointed frowns than of raised voices and red faces. Bertolucci's film, in spite of its politically fraught setting and enough full-frontal nudity and uncut sexuality to revive the moribund NC rating, does not plant itself in the midst of a culture war combat zone. It's not ''The Passion of the Christ.
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Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Dreamers" contains what may be the most startling first kiss in the movies. One evening, they take Matthew home to their parents' rambling apartment for a dinner en famille. Isabelle and Theo's parents retire for the evening, leaving the three young people to themselves.
Though some stunt, er, parts were employed, you are basically watching actors like Charlotte Gainsbourg and Shia LeBeouf engage in the sort of unsimulated activities you associate with porn stars. LeBeouf even sent in a homemade pornographic videotape for his audition. Whatever Happened to NC Movies?
Mumbly Joe — the slur-speeched, high-foreheaded clerk at my local video store, who has so mastered the zen state of ironic apathy that he has managed to devolve into a moist pile of jelly — is nevertheless more penetrating than I'd like. Although he rarely says anything, when he does, it's always an extremely insightful and withering observation about my secret logic for renting whatever empty box I've brought up to the counter So when I rented Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers the other night, I knew right off the bat he was going to supernaturally descry the secret truth of my choice.
There is a secret pleasure hidden in nude movie scenes. Like Peeping Toms, we witness the world of imagination and guilty pleasures of the characters in films whose lives we possess by the click of a control button. They in return, soften our moods, make the heart bit faster, make our evenings, afternoons, and mornings more exhilarating, and sometimes add a hint of anxiety and vulnerability.
In the spring ofthree planets -- Sex, Politics and the Cinema -- came into alignment and exerted a gravitational pull on the status quo. In Paris, what began as a protest over the ouster of Henri Langlois, the legendary founder of the Cinematheque Francais, grew into a popular revolt that threatened to topple the government. There were barricades in the streets, firebombs, clashes with the police, a crisis of confidence.
Matthew watches films from the front row of the cinematheque in order to see the images fresh and first; the motion-picture screen, he admits to himself, "screened us from the world. However, three dreamers remain inside their rooms discussing and arguing artistic abstractions: Chaplin vs Keaton, Hendrix vs Clapton. Isabelle and Theo - Theo says they are Siamese twins joined at the mind - invite Matthew to leave his hotel room and stay in their parents' apartment while their parents are away.
Set among the backdrop of unpredictable Paris in the swinging '60s, The Dreamers revolves around Isabelle Eva Green and her twin brother, Theo Louis Garreljaded siblings who invite Matthew Michael Pitta kid from California, to stay and play with them at their apartment while their parents leave them alone on holiday. Film buffs, the three become tight when their shared love of skinema spills over into elaborate sexual games. Both brother and sis make happy carnal bliss, with outsider Matthew soon turning their taboo twosome into a dreamy threesome.