Bernardo Bertolucci, one of the greatest and most respected names in the film industry, has recently passed away at the age of 77.
The Italian director and screenwriter, responsible for hits such as "Last Tango in Paris" and "The Last Emperor," drew his last breath on Monday, November 26, 2018, in Rome.
As reported by BBC, Bertolucci was known for his 'bold visual style,' as well as controversial works, with "Last Tango in Paris" being considered 'pornographic' by critics.
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Born in Parma in 1941, Bertolucci reportedly died of cancer after a short illness, but his work will live forever in the heart of those who admired him.
In 1962, the late 77-year-old directed his first feature film, "La Commare Secca," at the young age of 22, and it revolved around the mysterious murder of a prostitute.
"Bertolucci's work was brilliant and considered to be the epitome of art."
HIS GREATEST MASTERPIECE
25 years later, Bertolucci would direct his most acclaimed film - "The Last Emperor." The movie was so successful that managed to win all nine Oscar for which it was nominated.
"The Last Emperor" was a biographical film about the life of Aisin-Gioro Puyi, the last Emperor of China, and was the first Western film to be made about the country with the full cooperation of the Chinese government since 1949.
A TRUE MASTER
Not only that, it was the only flick to ever be filmed inside the Forbidden City and fully authorized by the government of the People's Republic of China.
Bertolucci's work was brilliant and considered to be the epitome of art, which was why he will be sorely missed by those who knew him and those who had the opportunity to work with him.
THE MAGIC IS GONE
But he wasn't the only legend to leave this world in the past few days; Ricky Jay, the famous master magician and actor, passed away on Saturday, November 24, 2018.
Jay was 72 years old and was regarded as one of the most compelling figures in magic, a true master of his craft and a kind and unique man that left a void in the heart of friends and family.