Bernardo Bertolucci dead: Last Tango in Paris director dies at 77

Film director Bernardo Bertolucci has died at the age of 77.

The Italian filmmaker, best known for Last Tango in Paris and The Last Emperor, has died from cancer following a short illness, his spokesperson confirmed.

The Oscar-winning director was born in Parma in 1941 and went on to achieve huge success with films including The Conformist, The Dreamers, 1900 and The Sheltering Sky.

The star won Academy Awards for directing and co-writing The Last Emperor and Last Tango in Paris.

He was known for his bold visual style and caused controversy with the explicit sexual content in his movies.

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Bernardo Bertolucci dead: Last Tango in Paris director dies at 77

Bernardo has died after a short battle with cancer
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Bernardo’s final film, Me and You, was premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2012.

The director began his career as an assistant director to Pier Paolo Pasolini, working on his 1961 film Accattone.

He went on to direct his first feature, La Commare Secca, in 1962 when he was just 21.

He followed it up with Before the Revolution and The Spider’s Stratagem, but it was Last Tango, starring Marlon Brando, that propelled him to fame.

Bernardo Bertolucci dead: Last Tango in Paris director dies at 77

He made some huge movies
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The provocative film tells the story of an American businessman who embarks on a sexually-charged relationship with a young French woman.

It was banned in several countries.

Bernardo received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2008 and was awarded an honorary Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2011.

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