Bernardo Bertolucci's latest film 'The Dreamers' is getting a lot of press because it is the first big movie to get an NC-17 rating since David Cronenberg's 'Crash'.
He is a director I have always admired but with this one he may have hit the skids.
Critics have not been kind.
Jonathan Forman of The New York Post:
A kind of art-house Showgirls -- which actually exceeds Showgirls in its self-indulgence, shallowness and sheer stupidity.
J Hoberman of The Village Voice:
The Dreamers, Bernardo Bertolucci's unforgettable, if daffy, paean to youth, cinephilia, and the student revolt of May '68, opens by flooring the wah-wah pedal and ends with Edith Piaf warbling "Non, je ne regrette rien." You may or may not regret indulging this chamber exercise in heroic solipsism, marathon sex (or at least copious nudity), and applied cinephilia, but risible as it often is, there's no doubt that Bertolucci made it his way.
Peter Ranier of New York Magazine adds
Despite the film’s NC-17 rating, don’t expect a meltdown; frankly, the film could have done with less ’68 and more 69.
John Anderson Newsday hates the movie too but he adds something I hadn’t thought of considering the film is made by Fox Searchlight; a company in the Robert Murdoch empire:
Had Miramax released "The Dreamers," don't think Brit Hume and Co. wouldn't be calculating, by micrometer, how ABC and Disney were contributing to the fall of civilization.
Instead the movie may just be the fall of Bertolucci's cinema.