Bertolucci is well known for making sexually daring and renowned films like this. LAST TANGO IN PARIS is his most famous one and I kind of got the impression he was almost trying to duplicate the shock value and importance* of that film with THE DREAMERS… um, minus the butter. Whether that was his intention or not doesn’t really matter because not only did I not buy it, I became quite annoyed that the film was veering off course and had its three main characters turn from cool cinephiles into self-important bores. Then Bernardo throws in some communist discussions as well as a completely anti-climactic finale. The dialogue also started feeling frustratingly unconvincing and forced as the film wore on. In the end, I have many more complaints about this film than I do compliments. In fact, as the movie ended - I hated it. It’ll take a lot more than hot sex scenes, seemingly deep dialogue and Eva Green’s gorgeous bare and buxom chest (pretty much the entire film) to make me forget how they blew a great premise that could’ve centered around censorship of film and 60’s activism and instead, turned this movie into a very forgettable façade of what an important movie really is.
*Importance given by many critics, worldwide – not necessarily my own.
“Bertolucci makes The Dreamers” Documentary (52 minutes): This feature is a very in-depth and up-close look at the making of the film. Produced by the BBC, the documentary focuses a lot on some of the real life events that occurred in Paris, specifically in the spring of ’68 that play a backdrop to THE DREAMERS. Bertolucci also expands a lot on the themes of sex, politics, cinema and music that are prevalent in his film. A very good documentary that sheds much light on the film.
“Outside the Window: Events in France, May 1968” (12 minutes): Film scholars, authors and professors all chime in on the events that were taking place in that very turbulent and important month of May, in 1968, the same time in which THE DREAMERS takes place. This extra really digs deep into specific protests that were taking place all over the city and country at the time. A great addition to these extras.
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