Time Out says

In all of Bertolucci's movies, there's a central conflict between the 'radical' impulses and a pessimistic (and/or willing) capitulation to the mainstream of bourgeois society and culture. It's a contradiction that takes on juggernaut proportions in '1900', but it stands as a major source of tension and interest in many of the earlier films. Both Before the Revolution and Partner try to examine it head-on. Revolution is about a middle class 20-year-old who 'discovers' Marxism and tries - for a while - to change his life; Partner is an exuberant response to the student riots of '68, with Clémenti as a timid drama student confronting his anarchic revolutionary alter ego. The first is mostly 'classical' in style, the second aggressively 'new wave', but both are full of interruptions and digressions: they throw out ideas and allusions (usually to other movies) with reckless enthusiasm, and they remain invaluable aids to an understanding of the '60s.


Release details

105 mins

Cast and crew

Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci, Gianni Amico
Tina Aumont
Pierre Clémenti
Stefania Sandrelli
Sergio Tofano
Giulio Cesare Castello
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