Before the Revolution (Prima della rivoluzione)
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Before the Revolution (Prima della rivoluzione)
Fabrizio is passionate, idealistic, influenced by Cesare, a teacher and Marxist, engaged to the lovely but bourgeois Clelia, and stung by the drowning of his mercurial friend Agostino, a possible suicide. Gina is herself a bundle of nervous energy, alternately sweet, seductive, poetic, distracted, and unhinged. They begin a love affair after Agostino's funeral, then Gina confuses Fabrizio by sleeping with a stranger. Their visits to Cesare and then to Puck, one of Gina's older friends, a landowner losing his land, dramatize contrasting images of Italy's future.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ , Time Out
"Altogether a dazzling film, both continually vital and something of a time capsule."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"What makes the film worth reviving is its stylistic elan, some channeled through Godard, Fellini and Antonioni, but all fresh and vigorous..."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"One of the masterpieces of Italian cinema -- and director Bertolucci was only in his early twenties when he completed it."
‑ , Film4
"Here is a new talent of outstanding promise."
‑ Eugene Archer, New York Times
"Both the vices and virtues of youthful confidence are apparent in its muddied complexity and fluid brilliance."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"This is a fascinating apprentice effort, even if it is full of dated, gimmicky effects borrowed from Jean-Luc Godard."
‑ Adrian Turner, Radio Times
"Cinematically, the film is technically accomplished, but shows Bertolucci still developing his distinctive style."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The contrary attractions of sensuality and politics have been the subject of many of Bertolucci's films, but the conflict is presented most passionately and personally here."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A cerebral and involving film whose vigour is undimmed after 47 years."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Revolution is vibrantly shot, scored and edited, yet permeated by a mood of disenchantment."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
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