This Classic ‘70s Film Involved a Real-Life Sexual Assault and It’s Taken People Years to Be Outraged
As technology gets more and more advanced — virtual reality is now a thing — so too, do Hollywood movie-making techniques. In fact, with green screens, 3D theatres and the like, it can sometimes be difficult to tell exactly what’s real and what isn’t. But sometimes, things can get a bit a too real, and that isn’t always a good thing.
In the live interview at Le Cinémathèque Francais, Bernando told the audience that a scene in which then 48-year-old Marlon Brando used a stick of butter to sexually violate the then-19 Maria Schneider (now deceased) was not only unplanned, she never agreed to it.
Bernardo says that together with Marlon, the two men conspired to add the scene to the film last minute and purposely didn’t tell the young actress to get a reaction out of her for the camera.
“I didn’t want Maria to act her humiliation, her rage,” Bernardo told the audience. “I wanted her to feel, not to act, the rage and humiliation. Then she hated me for her whole life.”
While he said it was enough to make him feel guilty, he doesn’t regret filming the scene, an admission that has Hollywood up in arms.
Wow. I will never look at this film, Bertolucci or Brando the same way again. This is beyond disgusting. I feel rage https://t.co/uvaLogvv7I
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) December 3, 2016
To all the people that love this film- you're watching a 19yr old get raped by a 48yr old man. The director planned her attack. I feel sick. https://t.co/qVDom2gYf6
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) December 3, 2016
I second that. This is heartbreaking and outrageous. The 2 of them are very sick individuals to think that was ok. https://t.co/Ft4SArjcgd
— #EvanRachelWould (@evanrachelwood) December 3, 2016
Inexcusable. As a director, I can barely fathom this. As a woman, I am horrified, disgusted and enraged by it. https://t.co/voGRhafy9K
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) December 4, 2016
As actress Anna Kendrick pointed out, however, the indiscretion is one that was actually brought up years ago, by Maria herself.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) December 3, 2016
In a July 2007 interview with The Daily Mail prior to her death, she explained her side of things with regard to the infamous scene. Though Maria said the actual act didn’t occur, she felt violated, just the same.
“That scene wasn’t in the script. The truth is, it was Marlon who came up with the idea,” she told the outlet then. “They only told me about it before we had to film the scene and I was so angry.”
Sadly, she blamed herself for the incident to a degree, saying, “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.”
Maria went through with it, and while she says Marlon tried to comfort her during filming, it still didn’t feel right. “Marlon said to me, ‘Maria don’t worry, it’s just a movie,’ but during the scene, even though what Marlon was doing wasn’t real, I was crying real tears. I felt humiliated, and to be honest, I felt a little raped, both by Marlon and by Bertolucci. After the scene, Marlon didn’t console me or apologize. Thankfully, there was just one take.”
Our hearts are literally breaking for her. We can only hope that her plight opens the doors for conversation about the topic of sexual assault in Hollywood so that no actress ever has to go through more of the same.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
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A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
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BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)