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When Whedon’s edited version was released, it was panned by critics and considered commercially disappointing. The film’s reception contributed to WB’s decision to scrap Snyder’s plans for a multi-film arc, despite vocal protests from fans. A flurry of fan campaigns demanding to see Snyder’s original vision for the project led to the eventual release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max, though there are no further plans to continue Snyder’s vision for the DC Extended Universe.

Last Tango in Paris (1972)

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After watching Bernardo Bertolucci’s relationship psychodrama at the New York Film Festival, influential critic Pauline Kael prophetically wrote, “It’s a movie people are going to argue about, I think, as long as there are movies .” Fifty years later, Kael is still right.

Marlon Brando plays the role of a widower mourning his wife’s suicide when he crosses paths with a young Persian woman played by Maria Schneider. They begin an “anonymous” sexual relationship, before things take a possessive and violent turn. The film received an “X” rating in the United States, but received wider international scrutiny. In Italy, police seized all copies of the film on the orders of a prosecutor who called the film “interested pornography”. Bertolucci was also tried for obscenity. The trial continued until 1976, when Italian courts ruled that all copies of the film should be destroyed and that Bertolucci should serve a four-month suspended prison sentence, which saw his civil rights revoked for five years, depriving him of the right to vote.

The film’s scandal mainly centered on an anal rape scene, featuring the use of butter as a lubricant. The scene was heavily edited by Brando, who encouraged the use of butter at the last minute. Schneider was 19 when the scene was shot, and later told the following in 2007:

“They only told me about it before we had to film the scene and I was so angry. I should have called my agent or had my lawyer come to the set, because you can’t force someone one to do something that [when it] isn’t in the script, but at the time I didn’t know that. 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 violated, both by Marlon and by Bertolucci. After the scene, Marlon did not console me or apologize. Fortunately, there was only one take.