NC-17 | | Drama, Romance
A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex.
The idea of this movie grew from director Bernardo Bertolucci's own sexual fantasies, stating that he "once dreamed of seeing a beautiful nameless woman on the street and having sex with her, without ever knowing who she was."
In the final scene, as the camera pulls away from the balcony, you can clearly see a crew member and a lighting array reflected in the glass panel of the right balcony door.
Available on video in both R-rated and uncut X-rated versions. One of the main difference between the two cuts involves a scene of anal sex between Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider. In the R-rated version, the scene isn't cut, but rather a lamp is superimposed over the scene, covering most of their bodies. The censored R-rated version is cut by two minutes.