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: 93% 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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Philip Strick
Monthly Film Bulletin

The style, the narrative and the message may not be particularly revolutionary in themselves, but Bertolucci as a director with enormous promise is still in there, pitching away.

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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.

Eugene Archer
New York Times

Here is a new talent of outstanding promise.

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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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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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
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