He began his career as a poet; some people would say that legendary Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci never stopped being one. His work, spanning 1962 to 2003, is the focus of The Nonconformist: A Bernardo Bertolucci Retrospective. La commare secca (The Grim Reaper), about the aftermath of a prostitute’s murder, and Prima della rivoluzione (Before the Revolution), about an idealistic young man on the verge of a political awakening, start the series. Throughout the month, Ultimo tango a Parigi (Last Tango in Paris), Little Buddha, The Last Emperor and seven more of Bertolucci’s landmark films will be shown. University of Houston’s Alessandro Carrera, who helped to organize the retrospective, will be on hand to introduce the opening-night screenings. La commare secca screens at 6 p.m., followed by Prima della rivoluzione at 8:15 p.m. on September 7. The retrospective continues through September 30.
Fri., Sept. 7, 6 p.m., 2012