Partner (1968): Bertolucci’s Adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s Novella

Based on the 1846 novella The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Bertolucci’s Partner played at the 29th Venice Film Festival and the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs section at the 22nd Cannes Film Festival.

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This film follows a college student who has a routine life and who encounters a twin he is not related to.

In the process, he discovers that the twin friend has many qualities he doesn’t have.

Pierre Clémenti as Giacobbe I and II
Stefania Sandrelli as Clara
Tina Aumont as the seller of detergent
Sergio Tofano as Petrushka
Ninetto Davoli as the student


Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
Produced by Giovanni Bertolucci
Written by Gianni Amico and Bertolucci
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Ugo Piccone
Edited by Roberto Perpignani

Release date: 1968