NC-17 | | Drama, Romance
A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex.
Director Bernardo Bertolucci shot a scene which showed Marlon Brando's genitals, but explained the following year, "I had so identified myself with Brando that I cut it out of shame for myself. To show him naked would have been like showing me naked."
When Paul and Jeanne are at the sinks together, she says, "I prefer to be a whore." Her lips do not move during that line.
A four-hour rough cut of the film exists. Not much is known what this version contains, but apparently it is the version of the film in which Gato Barbieri, the film's composer viewed four times in August of 1971, in order to decide where music was needed in the film.