(27 Nov 2018) COFFIN OF ITALIAN FILM DIRECTOR BERTOLUCCI ARRIVES IN ROME FOR LYING IN STATE
Italian film-maker Bernardo Bertolucci, who won Oscars with "The Last Emperor" and whose erotic drama "Last Tango in Paris" enthralled and shocked the world, died on Monday.
He was 77.
His press office, Punto e Virgola, confirmed the death in an email to the Associated Press.
Italy's state-run RAI said Bertolucci died at his home in Rome, surrounded by family.
On Tuesday, Bertolucci's coffin was brought into Rome City Hall, where his remains will lay in state until 7 p.m. local time (18:00 GMT), according to Italian media.
"He will be remembered among the greatest in Italian and world film," the Venice Film Festival, which awarded Bertolucci a lifetime achievement award in 2007, said in a statement.
Bertolucci's movies often explored the sexual relations amongst characters stuck in a psychological crisis, as in "Last Tango," which was banned in his own Italy for over a decade.
The self-professed Marxist also did not shy away from politics and ideology, as in "The Conformist," which some critics consider Bertolucci's masterpiece.
Despite working with A-list American and international stars, Bertolucci always defended his own film-making style against what he said was the pressure of the US film industry.
He maintained critical success for most of his career, weathering the controversies his sexually provocative work would stir and some commercial flops.
He was honoured for lifetime achievement at the Cannes film festival in 2011, when he was already wheelchair-bound.
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