Bertolucci, Bernardo

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Bertolucci, Bernardo Gender: M
born on 16 March 1941 at 19:25 (= 7:25 PM )
Place Parma, Italy, 44n48, 10e20
Timezone MEDT h2e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Steinbrecher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 25°44' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 10°44 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 26°34'

Portrait of Bernardo Bertolucci 
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Bernardo Bertolucci (at left, together with his father)
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Italian director, one of the most accomplished of his generation. A poet as a child, he was published before he was 12. His passion for film began in his teens, and he dropped out of college in 1961 to become Pasolini's assistant director. The following year, he directed his first film, "The Grim Reaper." He had two outstanding films in the '70s, "The Spider's Stratagem" and "The Conformist." His "Last Tango in Paris," 1972, was deemed both obscene and an erotic masterpiece.

On 11 April 1988, he won the Best Director Oscar for "The Last Emperor," a film that swept up awards in nine categories. The $23.8 million epic was shot in China from 1984 to 1987 with a crew of 100 from Italy, 20 from England and 150 Chinese. There were 60 actors from six countries and 19,000 extras. There were 30 or more interpreters working at all times as they shot inside Beijing's Forbidden City. The film was released in November 1987.

Bertolucci was the first of two sons born to Attilio, a poet, anthologist, film critic and art history teacher. His mother, a teacher, Italian-Irish, had come from Australia. His brother Giuseppe later followed in Bernardo's footsteps as a film maker. The family lived in the rural outskirts of Parma until the early '50s, when his father's work took him to Rome. He speaks of a "golden childhood with a big, comfortable house, servants, understanding parents, and a pursuit of intellectualism." By the time he was 12 he had several poems published, at 15, he made two short films about children in the country. A collection of his poems was published in 1962, winning the Premio Viareggio, one of Italy's top literary awards.

Bertolucci studied at the University of Rome where he met the filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini and joined him in the film business. His first works were decidedly left-wing cinema.

He underwent psychoanalysis at the age of 28, emerging more meditative and insightful, a romantic among directors. Handsome in a rugged way, he was 6' 1" (1.85 m) with an engaging grin and a nice sense of humour. Camera-shy, he refused to enter the career of acting himself, preferring the business end of the camera. Baptized Roman Catholic, he left the church while still in his teens. "Like most Communist intellectuals in Europe, I am condemned to be divided," he said, "I have a split personality, not quite in sync with my heart and my brain."

At the age of 37, he was still a bachelor, though romantically involved with several women. He concluded a five-year conjugal relationship with Maria Paola Maino in 1972. In 1973 he met cool, elegant actress Clare Peploe, 33, in Rome at a screening. She became his collaborator on the scripts for "1900" and "Luna." Both were box office flops for him in the U.S. but he and Peploe married in 1978, the first marriage for both of them. They commuted between her apartment in London and his in Rome.

In recognition of his work, he was presented with the inaugural Honorary Palme d'Or Award at the opening ceremony of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Bertolucci died in Rome on 26 November 2018, at the age of 77 of cancer.

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  • (has as) worker relationship with Green, Eva (born 5 July 1980)


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1954 (First poems published, age 12)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1957 (Two short films released)
  • Social : End a program of study 1961 (Dropped out of college)
  • Misc. : Retain professional help 1970 (Went into psychoanalysis)
  • Relationship : End significant relationship 1972 (Five year relationship with Maria Paola Maino)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1973 (Last Tango in Paris)
  • Relationship : Marriage 22 December 1978 (Clare Peploe)
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  • Work : Begin Major Project 1984 (Three yr. making of "The Last Emporer")
  • Work : End Major Project 1987 (Finished with "The Last Emporer")
  • Work : Prize 11 April 1988 (Best Director & Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars)
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  • Work : Prize 2008 (Hollywood Walk of Fame)
  • Work : Prize 2011 (Honorary Palme d'Or)

Source Notes

B.C. in hand from Steinbrecher.


  • Traits : Body : Size (Height: 6 ft 1 in/ 1.85 m)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Terminal)
  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged (Comfortable, supportive upbringing)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (First born of two boys)
  • Family : Relationship : Cohabitation more than 3 yrs (Maria Paola Maino)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Clare Peploe, 1978-2018)
  • Family : Relationship : Married late/never (Late 30s)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Atheist
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Cancer)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director (Film)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer (Film)
  • Vocation : Politics : Party Affiliation (Marxist)
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script (Screenwriter)
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet (Published by age 12)
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Hollywood Walk of Fame)
  • Notable : Awards : Oscar (Best Director/ Best Adapted Screenplay)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Honorary Palme d'Or)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award ("Premio Viareggio" literary award for poetry)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession