'Last Emperor' 3D Rerelease Brings Bernardo Bertolucci Back to L.A.

Bernardo Bertolucci

The Oscar-winning director is spending a few days in Southern California following the Nov. 10 AFI premiere of the updated version of his 1987 film.

Trips to Los Angeles have paid off well for Bernardo Bertolucci.

In 1987, the Italian director’s film The Last Emperor won all nine Oscars it was nominated for, including best picture and best director. This week’s visit won’t involve that level of glamour, but an updated version of the film is part of his reason for returning to L.A.

On Nov. 10, The Last Emperor in 3D had its premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and on Nov. 12 Bertolucci will conduct a master class at UCLA, moderated by film school professor Bob Rosen.

“There’s a generation currently studying film that hasn’t been fully exposed to Bertolucci’s remarkable body of work,” says Hollywood Foreign Press Association vp Lorenzo Soria, who coordinated the event on behalf of the Rome-based Luce Cinecitta institute. “He transcended borders by being the Italian director who made films in English and worked with major international stars."

On Nov. 14, Bertolucci will receive the Cinema Italian Style award along with director Paolo Sorrentino when Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty has its U.S. premiere at the Egyptian Theatre. The event kicks off the Cinema Italian Style 2013 film series that Luce Cinecitta is also organizing.

"Our mission is for the world to discover new Italian talent,” says Cinecitta CEO Roberto Cicutto. “We’re honoring Bertolucci a quarter century after his Oscars win and Federico Fellini 20 years after his death, but we’re doing this to stress the ties between the great cinema of our past and a new generation of directors and actors.”