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Vatican heaps praise on film director it once panned
Bernardo Bertolucci is back in the Vatican's good books - and perhaps its good film guide.
- Eric J. Lyman
- Vatican City
- October 26, 2012
In a review, Lâ€™Osservatore Romano'sÂ film critic,Â Luca Pellegrini, praised the film under the headline â€śHate, Love, and Hope.â€ť Pellegrini wrote that Bertolucci â€śhas the desire to help [the characters], with a breath of secular morality that too often, for others, is easily transformed into pedantic moralizing.â€ť
The film, which premiered in Cannes, tells the story of a introverted teenager who spends his vacation alone in his basement after he tells his parents he is going on a ski trip. The film is set to open in Italy on Thursday.
For his part, The Hollywood Reporter critic David Rooney called the film, Bertolucciâ€™s first since The Dreamers in 2003, â€śan intimate wisp of youthful unease thatâ€™s disappointingly low on resonance.â€ť
In 1972, the Vatican was less kind to Last Tango in Paris, which won Oscar nominations for both Bertolucci and for Marlon Brando, the filmâ€™s protagonist. The story about a young Paresian woman (played by Maria Schneider) in a sordid affair with a visiting American businessman (Brando), who demands their secret meetings be based only on sex, was seen as unnecessarily raunchy.
The Vatican, often through Lâ€™Osservatore Romano, has never been shy about weighing on cinema. In September, for example, the newspaper said Ridley Scottâ€™s Prometheus, â€śmishandles the delicate questions raised by â€¦ the battle eternal between good and evil in yet another attempt to steak the secret of immortality.â€ť
Full Story: Vatican Newspaper praises Bertolucci's 'Me and You' for its 'Secular Morality'
Source: Hollywood Reporter