THE SCENES THAT CAUSED A SCANDAL
LAST TANGO IN PARIS In 1972, actress Maria Schneider, then just 19, was kept in the dark before filming
notorious sex scene, in which a 48-year-old Marlon Brando uses butter on her as a sexual lubricant. Disturbingly, director Bernardo Bertolucci reasoned that he wanted her to react ‘as a girl, not as an actress’. Maria, who died in 2011, has admitted she felt ‘humiliated and, to be honest… a little raped, both by Marlon and by Bertolucci’. STRAW DOGS British actress Susan George says the director of 1971’s Sam Peckinpah, wanted her to have sex for real in the film’s controversial double rape scene. ‘He wanted it to be utterly explicit,’ says Susan. ‘He would have loved the real action. He really got into this rape scene, and it terrified me.’ Finally, after she threatened to quit, Peckinpah agreed to tone things down, letting the camera linger on her face rather than her body.