Before the Revolution (Prima della rivoluzione)
Before the Revolution (Prima della rivoluzione) (1965)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1965
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

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.

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Penelope Houston
The Spectator

A brilliant, crammed, allusive work.

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Peter Bradshaw

A cerebral and involving film whose vigour is undimmed after 47 years.

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Eugene Archer
New York Times

Here is a new talent of outstanding promise.

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Philip French

Altogether a dazzling film, both continually vital and something of a time capsule.

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Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)

What makes the film worth reviving is its stylistic elan, some channeled through Godard, Fellini and Antonioni, but all fresh and vigorous...

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

Both the vices and virtues of youthful confidence are apparent in its muddied complexity and fluid brilliance.

Adrian Turner
Radio Times

This is a fascinating apprentice effort, even if it is full of dated, gimmicky effects borrowed from Jean-Luc Godard.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhćes
Bertolucci was still developing his technique when he made this flawed, imperfect attempt at an Italian Nouvelle Vague film that is in fact more about style… More