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When Bernardo Bertolucci—who died today in Rome—talked to Jonathan Cott in 1973, the last of great Italian directors of the 1960s and ’70s was unapologetically Freudian.

After completing Last Tango in Paris, Bertolucci worked on an adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest. The director moved to Los Angeles and entered into talks with Robert Redford, Jack Nicholson, and Warren Beatty to star in the picture, but it was shelved in 1982.

Above: Michael Pitt (left), Eva Green, and Louis Garrell in The Dreamers (2003).

Below: Robert De Niro (left) and Gérard Depardieu in Novecento/1900 (1976).

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