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It was the scene that captured an unflinching look at a young woman forced to endure the most violent of acts.
Last Tango in Paris director Bernardo Bertolucci has admitted he filmed the rape scene that used a stick of butter as lubricant without the consent of then 19-year-old actress Maria Schneider.
The confession comes in a recently resurfaced interview from 2013.
Bertolucci was said to have planned the scene with then 48-year-old Marlon Brando, who knowingly played the attacker in the film, over breakfast.
“We were having, with Marlon [Brando], breakfast on the floor of the flat where I was shooting,” he said.
“There was a baguette, there was butter and we looked at each other and, without saying anything, we knew what we wanted.”
The Italian Oscar-nominated director went on to share they concealed the true nature of the scene from Schneider so Bertolucci could capture her reaction “as a girl, not an actress.”