Better it is when life imitates art and the art involved is a sensual masterpiece.

The word horrible is only a euphemism when art imitates real life and the scene in the movie is about rape.

The beautiful and often child-like French actress, Maria Schneider, unfortunately now deceased, experienced that first hand in one of the most infamous movies of all time with one of the greatest actors of all time, Marlon Brando, in Bernardo Bertolucci‘s 1972 film Last Tango in Paris., article, United Artists photo credit

Last Tango in Paris is a Franco-Italian erotic drama film which portrays a recently widowed American who begins an anonymous sexual relationship with a young Parisian woman.

The film’s raw portrayal of sexual violence and emotional turmoil led to international controversy and drew various levels of government censorship in different venues.

On December 6, 2016, the informative group spoke to Ms. Schneider’s ordeal of art imitating unwanted real life. “French actress Maria Schneider has been the subject of an outpouring of sympathy this week after it was revealed parts of a violent sex scene in her 1972 movie Last Tango in Paris were filmed without her consent. Schneider was just 19 when she starred alongside a 48-year-old Marlon Brando in the controversial film.”

Many felt that she never emotionally recovered from the scene and her career never recovered from the polarizing movie.

The global news and information source relates, “In its day, Last Tango in Paris was controversial for its graphic depiction of sex, and was rated X in the United States. But critics and Hollywood at-large praised the movie, depicting it as an erotic drama and giving it considerable buzz. Brando and Bertolucci were nominated for Oscars. Schneider was snubbed.”

Yes snubbed.

In some ways it seems Maria had been snubbed since her entrance into this world., article,
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer photo credit

Our child-like beauty was born in Paris to Mr. Daniel Gélin, a French actor, and Marie-Christine Schneider from Romania, who ran a bookshop in Paris.

According to research, her father was married to actress and producer Danièle Delorme during his affair with Marie-Christine Schneider.

It has been alleged that he never acknowledged Maria as his daughter.

Maria was brought up by her mother in a town near the French border with Germany and she only met her father three times thus understandably once she gained worldwide fame, she chose to be acknowledged by her mother’s last name.

If there was ever a person who needed a fresh start in life and a chance to start over it was Maria.

Despite the effect of Last Tango In Paris, she did land another substantial role alongside a premier marquee actor in Jack Nicholson in the haunting classic, The Passenger.

The Passenger is a 1975 drama art film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni., article, photo credit Metro Goldwyn Mayer United Artists

The film is about an AngloAmerican journalist, David Locke (Jack Nicholson) who assumes the identity of a dead businessman while working on a documentary in Chad, unaware that he is impersonating an arms dealer with connections to the rebels in the current civil war.

When it comes to starting over, that’s probably not what most people have in mind.

Still when you examine the elements of Locke’s life, he was strongly in need of starting over.

He is tired of his work, his marriage and his life, and sees an opportunity for a fresh start. In London, Locke’s wife Rachel (Jenny Runacre) has been having an affair.

He eventually meets an architect student in Maria and they eventually become lovers.

The two embark on a journey of loneliness and self-discovery.

The late great reviewer Robert Ebert speaks to this at “There is an emptiness in the films of Michelangelo Antonioni that the director seems to love more than the people who intrude upon it.

His films are never crowded.

He is drawn to spaces empty of people, save a few characters who wander irresolutely through in search of — well, of nothing. They do not want to find, but to seek.”

In real life Maria would struggle with drugs and eventually died of breast cancer at 58.

It was as though she could never escape her past and truly start over.

Along with life transitions, many of us during this life’s journey will have a need to start over.

Often the challenge is in knowing how to truly come to terms with the past including taking responsibility for our part in our previous disappointments and design and a plan to change future behavior from the previous ones and most of all follow through on that plan.

In December of 2014 the experts at Psychology Today shares some insight. “Whether or not we are granted a fresh start every year, the world is set up so that we believe it’s possible. But a fresh start doesn’t just involve starting something new, it means letting go of the past – in the form of jobs, relationships, living arrangements, body types, overall health – doing whatever it takes to get out of the rut you’ve been stuck in. Letting go is the flip side of starting over.”

Do you feel a need to start over in your life?

We have a visiting writer with some suggestions.

Starting Over Again Is Really Not That Rough, article, photo credit

By Trudy-Ann Ewan

If we were to take our life as an adventure, we will realize that nothing really is insurmountable. Have fun with where the wind takes you. Retrace your steps if you found that you are no longer on the right path for your life. Don’t worry about starting over because if you view your life as an adventure you will soon realize that starting over again is really not that rough. It is actually loads of fun. You will begin to wonder what crazy adventures your life is getting ready to take you on next.

Want to know how you can get your life out of the doldrums? Start to find or infuse your life with fun. Get crazy, be creative, and love your craziness and all. You can either be climbing a rocky and treacherous mountain terrain or you can be climbing to the top of that rocky and treacherous mountain terrain so that you can enjoy the view from the top. That is not to say you won’t get a couple of bumps and bruises along with way and maybe so some nasty cuts. You may even slip and fall a couple of times, but if you have the right harness holding you up then you won’t fall too far down the side of that mountain. Get back your footing and start climbing again. Soon those scars won’t be even noticeable.

Wherever you are going in life, in whatever direction your life is turning, there are going to be roadblocks, there are going to be challenges and even major disappointment. It is all part of your life’s journey. Things will knock you off your axis, you breakdown and your world is breaking apart. Ride out the pain, ride out the anger, and ride out the rage. Do not hold it in. Let out all the pain and suffering you have had to endure. Cleanse yourself of those toxic emotions so that you can begin to live a happy, healthy and passionate life.

Life is actually giving you a second chance at life. Starting over may feel rough because of what you have to endure, but once you get through releasing all those pent up anger, pent up resentment, pent up bitterness and all the deeply buried things you had to remain silent about and sacrifice your life for, you will begin to feel refreshed and anew. You are ready to walk boldly into your new life.

When you are in the physical human feeling of something, you have to feel those feelings, acknowledge them and then release them in a manner that feels authentic and cleansing for you within your space. Feeling your emotions is extremely important because that will help your life to start over on a healthy note. This is the time to live passionately. Releasing the toxic emotions was your healing. Look how much stronger, lighter and better you feel.

Never censor what you are feeling or what is coming up out of you. Give yourself the space within your life to safely release all those emotions. When life hits you hard, it is normal to feel dumped on, however, if you are on a Spiritual Journey, you will realize those situations for what they are. Those situations come up so that whatever is preventing you from stepping fully into the life you desire can be dislodged from your subconscious, thereby releasing you from being tethered to old pains, old wounds and old traumas. It also gives you a chance to be for you and protect the you that was never protected as a child.

Many individuals are afraid of starting over, because they may feel that they would have to give up a lot of things, they are comfortable where they are if they do not like where they are. So, life doesn’t challenge them, there are no obstacles in their path and no real difficulties. They are coasting by through life. You on the other hand was given all the good stuff. Yes, you got the challenges, the difficulties, the roadblocks and the barricades with machine guns going off over your head. It’s time to tuck and roll, climb over another hurdle, go under another roadblock, push through those challenges until finally you are on the other side of your old life.

Things will begin to take shape and start to become awake with vibrant colors. Your world will start to become so bright and filled with wondrous things that you will scratch your head wondering why you never did this before. Don’t worry about that. It was not the right time for you and your life. Things always happen in their Divine time and not a moment before. Maybe you did not even realize that your life needed an overhaul until life decides to wake you up by slamming various life occurrences into you.

Now that you have come out on the other side in one piece, aren’t you now glad you were hit so hard? OK, OK, too soon? You’ll get there when you are ready. For now, enjoy your newly minted life and know that you are going to make it in your life. Starting over again may look rough, but it is really easy to do once you begin to view and live your life as one big, crazy adventure.


About the Author:

Trudy-Ann Ewan is a Keynote Speaker, Author and Spiritual Holistic Life Guide, who specializes in working with Women, who are ready to embark on their Journey to building a balanced, holistic and healthy relationship with themselves in order to create and live a passionate, powerful life so they can create the life they desire. To read more from Trudy-Ann, feel free to visit her website: []. Feel free to contact Trudy-Ann Ewan via the website if you are interested in any of her Speaking and/or Coaching Services.

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