In a recently viral video interview from 2013, Bertolucci confirmed that Schneider, who died in 2011, did not know about the rape scene which she shot with Marlon Brando, and that the graphic nature of the scene in the erotic drama was improvised on set, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


“I’d been in a way horrible to Maria because I didn’t tell her what was going on. Because I wanted her reaction as a girl, not as an actress,” Bertulocci said in the clip.




'Last Tango in Paris' earned Brando a Best Actor Oscar nomination and Bertolucci a Best Director nomination.