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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.

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