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Bernardo Bertolucci: Italian film director, best-known for Last Tango in Paris, dies aged 77

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Bernardo Bertolucci: Italian film director, best-known for Last Tango in Paris, dies aged 77
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Italian film director and screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci has died aged 77, his publicist said.

He was best known for Last Tango in Paris and The Last Emperor, the latter of which netted him an Oscar for best director.

Parma-born Bertolucci, who is considered one of the giants of cinema, passed away in Rome after a long illness. He had been bad health for some time and confined to a wheelchair since the early 2000s.

The last film he directed was Me and You in 2012.

His most notorious movie was Last Tango in Paris, which was banned in several countries because of an explicit sex scene.

The 1972 film, starring Marlon Brandon, was not released in Bertolucci's native Italy until a decade-and-a-half later.

Last Tango in Paris won Bertolucci an Oscar nomination, but it was with The Last Emperor in 1987 that he really hit the big time.

It took all nine Oscars for which it was nominated.

"Bernardo Bertolucci was one of the greatest directors of all time," Italian actor Salvatore Esposito told Euronews (see video, above).

"All Italian people are proud of him and we can remember a lot of his movies, especially the Last Tango in Paris.

"I loved the way he worked with actors, it was unbelievable. Ciao Bernardo."

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