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Film Director Bernardo Bertolucci.

Film director Bernando Bertolucci. He broke new ground with his 1972 film "Last Tango in Paris." Pauline Kael called it "a landmark in movie history." In the 80's, he became dismayed by the pervasive materialism he saw in the West. His focus turned to the East. He made "The Last Emperor" set in China and "The Sheltering Sky" set in the Sahara Desert. His new movie is "Little Buddha." It's a fable. A Tibetan monk travels from the Kingdom of Bhutan to Seattle to visit a young American boy. The boy may be the reincarnation of an important Buddhist lama. "Little Buddha" stars Keanu Reeves, Chris Isaak, Chinese actor Ying Ruocheng and Bridget Fonda. (Interview by Marty Moss-Coane)


Other segments from the episode on May 19, 1994

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, May 19, 1994: Interview with Bernardo Bertolucci; Interview with Phil Niekro and Lisa Martinez; Commentary on Baden Powell.


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