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ast Tango in Paris" is mak­ing head­lines again 44 years af­ter the con­tro­ver­sial film came out. A re­cently un­earthed video in­ter­view with Ital­ian di­rec­tor Bernardo Ber­tolucci from 2013 has re­newed in­ter­est, and out­rage, over what hap­pened to ac­tress Maria Sch­nei­der on set dur­ing the in­fa­mous but­ter rape scene. Ber­tolucci said that nei­ther he nor Mar­lon Brando told Sch­nei­der of their plans to use the stick of but­ter dur­ing the sim­u­lated rape scene - a con­cept they came up with the morn­ing of the shoot be­cause he wanted her to re­act "as a girl not as an ac­tress." He wanted her, he said, to feel "the rage and the hu­mil­i­a­tion."

Sch­nei­der, who died in 2011 at age 58 af­ter a lengthy ill­ness, spoke a num­ber of times about the scene be­tween her, then aged 19, and Mar­lon Brando, then 48, even say­ing in a 2007 Daily Mail in­ter­view that she "felt a lit­tle raped" by her co-star and di­rec­tor. "They only told me about it be­fore we had to film the scene, and I was so an­gry," Sch­nei­der said. "I should have called my agent or had my lawyer come to the set be­cause you can't force some­one to do some­thing that isn't in the script. But at the time, I didn't know that."

But de­spite Sch­nei­der's past com­ments, the video in­ter­view with Ber­tolucci struck a chord this week­end as it cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia that the di­rec­tor was ad­mit­ting that the scene was non-con­sen­sual. Ac­tress Jes­sica Chas­tain wrote on Twit­ter that she felt "sick" over the rev­e­la­tion that "the di­rec­tor planned her at­tack." Film­maker Ava DuVer­nay called it "in­ex­cus­able." "As a di­rec­tor, I can barely fathom this. As a woman, I am hor­ri­fied, dis­gusted and en­raged by it," DuVer­nay wrote.—AP

In this file photo, di­rec­tor Bernardo Ber­tolucci poses for pho­tog­ra­phers dur­ing a photo call at the Rome Film festival in Rome. — AP

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