Bertolucci said he was inspired by the raw art of British painter Francis Bacon to tell the story of a young Parisienne
and her sordid affair with an older American
(Marlon Brando). Highly controversial when it
first came out, considered obscene by some, and
the most erotic movie ever made by others, "Last Tango in Paris" is as
powerful today as it was in 1972. Bertolucci said
of the girl's character that he wanted her like
Lolita but more perverse. He succeeded!