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Before the Revolution (1964)

115 min | Drama, Romance

The study of a youth on the edge of adulthood and his aunt, ten years older. Fabrizio is passionate, idealistic, influenced by Cesare, a teacher and Marxist, engaged to the lovely but bourgeois Clelia, and stung by the drowning of his ...See moreThe study of a youth on the edge of adulthood and his aunt, ten years older. Fabrizio is passionate, idealistic, influenced by Cesare, a teacher and Marxist, engaged to the lovely but bourgeois Clelia, and stung by the drowning of his mercurial friend Agostino, a possible suicide. Gina is herself a bundle of nervous energy, alternately sweet, seductive, poetic, distracted, and unhinged. They begin a love affair after Agostino's funeral, then Gina confuses Fabrizio by sleeping with a stranger. Their visits to Cesare and then to Puck, one of Gina's older friends, a landowner losing his land, dramatize contrasting images of Italy's future. Their own futures are bleak. Written by See less
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Bernardo Bertolucci (story and screenplay) | Gianni Amico (screenplay collaborator)
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Updated May 9, 1964

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Sep 24, 1964 (United States)

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16 cast members
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Francesco Barilli
Fabrizio Fabrizio   See fewer
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Allen Midgette
Agostino Agostino   See fewer
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Evelina Alpi
The little girl The little girl   See fewer
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Gianni Amico
A friend A friend   See fewer
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Goliardo Padova
The painter The painter   See fewer
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Enrico Salvatore
The priest The priest   See fewer
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Amelia Bordi
The mother The mother   See fewer
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Domenico Alpi
The father The father   See fewer
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Iole Lunardi
The grandmother The grandmother   See fewer
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Antonio Maghenzani
The brother The brother   See fewer
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Ida Pellegri
Clelia's mother Clelia's mother   See fewer
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7.2 / 10 | 1,978 votes