'Last Tango In Paris' star Maria Schneider dies

Maria-SchneiderImage Credit: United Artists/Courtesy of Getty ImagesFrench actress Maria Schneider, perhaps best known for her role opposite Marlon Brando in Last Tango in Paris, has died after a long battle with cancer. She was 58.

Schneider was just 19 when Bernardo Bertolucci cast her as Jeanne in Last Tango in Paris, a role Schnieder said made her “go mad.” She told the Daily Mail in 2007 that she felt “a little raped, both by Marlon and by Bertolucci,” and that she felt manipulated into and humiliated by the film’s sexual content. After Paris, Schneider filmed The Passenger, with Jack Nicholson, and appeared in 1996’s Jane Eyre, as well as amassing nearly 50 other roles, mostly in French television and cinema. [People, AFP]

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  • Sue1

    Looking for a picture, I hope. This was an extraordinary film, due to Brando’s powerful yet vulnerable performance. The young, inexperienced Schnieder was just as effective. Sorry for her passing.

    • SB

      The only extraordinary things about this film are how dull and pretentious it is, and how people tend to overrate this piece of cinematic garbage.

      • KJ

        Wow, value your own opinion much?

      • me

        Bet you never saw the film.

      • John

        It sounds like you like the simple minded movies, cars chases, things exploding, female nudity. Doesn’t take much IQ to figure out the plot.

      • Jim

        It’s in the eye of the beholder–a true case of what you, the observer took away. I agree with SB that it was both dull and pretentious. The director pushed the bounds but to what end? Porn as art? Tango was violence, suffered by both actors. Brando’s performance was not his best by far. Streetcar and Godfather both surpassed Tango. If anything it was flat & single dimensional. Schneider was better. I watched it when released and again last year. It has not aged well.

      • C

        Last Tango in Paris isn’t for everyone even though it’s one of the best films ever made. I guess that’s why they make films like George of the Jungle 2; for those other people who think great films are just “dull”.

      • Jim

        Interesting – if you can’t describe what was great about Tango, you just insult those who think it wasn’t. Excellent strategy. I’d guess you really didn’t want to tell us you got your rocks off during the butter scene – or was that margarine?

        Best is an opinion & surprise! Not all share your opinions.

    • Tony

      I want you to…put your FINGERS UP MY ARSE…”

      You call this BRILLIANT, you KOOKS?
      GIVE ME A BREAK! This movie was HORRIBLE, and the actress described the director as “short, sweaty, and manipulative.” ‘Nuff said.

      • Newyorker

        So, your point is that the film is garbage because there is profanity in it? Maybe this is shocking to the typical American moviegoer who has serious problems with sexually explicit content, and can’t get their minds past the obvious. Such a shame.

      • Japanese HIROSHI


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        I think I, too, read it from a British online source a few years ago. If my memory serves me far too well, she’d said something to the effect of feeling as if she’d been raped (?) by both the actor and the director. The version I read went, “fat . . . sweaty. . . and manipulative. . .” in re the director.

        – –

        I’m not here to judge the film. But from what I read, yes, this French lady reportedly had a somewhat long-term rift with him the director. But to be fair, she also reportedly acknowledged, on her part, the movie had brought recognition – worldwide.

        – –

        RIP, Madame.

  • kevin

    Only 58? Too young.

    • harry

      way to young!

  • jfms777

    Young adult moviegoers will probably not understand how criticized–and praised–that film was in 1973. It truly was a different era.

  • Stacie

    Too bad. Remember her in the Passenger too.

  • Lyn

    “The Passenger” was an interesting film as well (w/ Jack Nicholson) but her role in “Last Tango” was definitive. Echoing jfms777, it is hard to convey to current, smut-jaded audiences how provocative that film was then. That scene with the butter . . . .

  • Alicia

    “Last Tango in Paris” was an incredibly raw and powerful film in every respect. Let’s just say there is more to it than the famous sex scenes (or simulated sex scenes) that caused the Italian government to issue arrest warrants for Brando and Bertolucci. Apparently Brando drew many of the monologues in the film from his own childhood, and the scene at the funeral home was powerful and moving. Schneider did not star in many movies after this one to my knowledge, except for “The Passenger,” with Jack Nicholson.

    • m

      They were all from his childhood.

      there was no actual written dialogue in the film

      it was all him

      • Alicia

        Great musical score, too.

  • GHB

    Alicia, she continued working until fairly recently in Europe, even if she wasn’t the “star”

  • Alicia

    Thanks, GHB. Good to know.

  • mm

    How beautiful it is to see something written about a great film in what 38 years ago and not one low brow remark like all other blogs, thank you film fans. Maria and Marlon were a definite tour de force.

  • samsgirl

    I’ve never seen the movie but it is lovely to see all the positive remarks on this story. 58 is much too young.

    • Jo

      Except from SB.

  • Chris

    I remember this movie fondly NOT for Brando but, for Maria Schnieder she was absolutely breathtakingly beautiful, sexual, and EVERYTHING a young man was looking for in a woman. Fun loving, daring,kinky, maybe a bit more loyal[but WHO IS NOW A DAYS]? Til this day one of the most sexual woman that’s EVER graced the silver screen and at 19 years old a seasoned vet to pull off those scenes with a fat and mummbling Brando.WOW will I fondly remember Maria even more than the Farrah poster. ETERNAL THANKS MARIA RIP!

  • blusto

    After watching this movie, I had 1 more use for the Land 0 Lakes butter ;-)

    • markus


    • Brotherboy

      Try Crisco. It’s better.

  • KC

    May she rest in peace. I was a teen ager when Tango came out. I haven’t looked at a stick of butter the same since.

  • Lily Daisy

    I saw the film when I was a young homemaker. I wasn’t prepared for it at all and although it was over the top as far as I was concerned re: sexual scenes, the performances by Brando and Maria Schnieder were so riveting that I came out of the theater extoling the movie. That’s how powerful it was. I hope Maria had the life she wanted. Fifty-eight is way too young to die.

  • Larry

    Good movie,,a little weird,classic Brando,,she was good too,,,,may she rip

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