Director: Bernardo Bertolucci

105 minutes| Italy| 1968| Subtitled| Colour| Anamorphic| 35mm

Includes Q&A with Sarah Glennie and Enrique Juncosa

Inspired by Dostoevsky’s early novel The Double, director Bernardo Bertolucci’s Partner is also the film in which its maker struggles to come to terms with the influence of his cinematic father figure, Jean-Luc Godard. Shot in Scope and sporting bright pop-art colours, it tells of a mild-mannered intellectual theatre teacher who meets and must deal with his wild, anarchic, murderous double (both played by the remarkable Pierre Clementi). Their confrontations and theatrical experiments make up the film’s narrative, but Partner is most notable for its gorgeous visuals and very late-’60s sense of anything-goes experimentation as both legitimate and fun.and fun.

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