Praised by critics as high art and considered controversial by some because of its infamous X rating, the 1972 film, helmed by famed Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci, is best remembered for an explicit rape scene.
After starting an anonymous sexual relationship earlier in the film, Paul sodomizes Jeanne using a stick of butter.
Brando and Bertolucci both went on to receive nominations for the film, while Schneider, who was only 19 years old at the time she filmed the scene with a 48-year-old Brando, was traumatized by the experience.
In a recently surfaced video, Bertolucci indicates the film is even more disturbing than previously thought.
The director admits that he and Brando planned to film the rape scene without telling Schneider the full details of it.
Considering non-consensual sex is the definition of rape, we would hate him too.
Before Schneider died in 2011, the French actress revealed that the scene made her feel “Humiliated” and “a little raped.” It wasn’t in the script, she claimed, and neither Bertolucci nor Brando consoled her or apologized after filming.