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Before the Revolution

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The story of a young man approaching maturity and his ten-year-old aunt.

Bernardo Bertolucci directed the 1964 Italian romantic drama film Before the Revolution. It stars Adriana Asti and Francesco Barilli and is about “political and romantic uncertainties among Parma’s young.”

The picture was shot between September and November 1963, and was heavily influenced by the French New Wave. The filming took place in and around Parma, with one scene shot in the optical camera at the Sanvitale Fortress in Fontanellato. It had its world debut on May 9, 1964, at the 17th Cannes Film Festival during International Critics’ Week. Although it received a lukewarm reception at first, it has since gained widespread acclaim from critics, who praised it for its technical merit and music, and it is included in the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, where Colin MacCabe describes it as “the perfect portrait of the generation who were to embrace revolt in the late 1960s.” [wiki]