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Bernardo Bertolucci, Head of "The Last Emperor," Dies


Bernardo Bertolucci, whose epic The last emperor won nine Oscars and influenced generations of filmmakers with other groundbreaking works like The Conformist and Last tango in Paris, in which he explored politics and sexuality through personal narrative and sincere cameraman work, has died.

He was 77. His publicist, Flavia Schiavi, said that Bertolucci died at 7 o'clock on Monday (26 November) from cancer.

Italy's biggest author of his generation succeeded Bertolucci in both Europe and Hollywood, even though his relationship with the studios had his upside down. But even when he worked in the studio system, Bertolucci always managed to make films regarded as projects of his inner world.

The last emperor, an adaptation of autobiography of China's last imperialist ruler, Pu Yi, swept 1987 Oscar, winning each category in which it was nominated, including best image and best director.

With that, Bertolucci became the first and only Italian to win Oscar for best director. The last emperor are among the films that have won the most Academy Awards and were also the first Western epic about China made with the Chinese government's cooperation. – dpa

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