MICHAEL PITT IS MATTHEW
‘The Dreamers’ began life as a novel. ‘The Holy Innocent’ was written by Gilbert Adair as a semi-autobiographical novel in the late 80s. He was also in charge of the screenplay years later for Bertolucci´s film placed in the tumultuous political landscape of Paris in 1968.
Michael Pitt plays Matthew, a 20-year-old american exchange student who has come Paris to study french and becomes a cinephile and frequent patron of the Cinemateque Francais. Shortly after the firing of Langlois, he meets brother and sister duo Isabelle and Theo who invites him to move to their Left Bank apartment for a sensual voyage of discovery and desire.
But also the film pays homage to cinema. Bertolucci peppered the navarrative with clips from classic films. There are several references to various New Wave and Hollywood Golden Age movies: Godard, Truffaut, Bressson, Cocteau, Tod Browning and many more. In one amazing scene, the trio attempts to break the record set by Godard’s ‘Bande à Part’ in the Louvre.
Matthew spends several time at the apartment wearing just boxer shorts in a cool and leisurely way. Our false plain blue fabric model MATTHEW remembers perfectly well those scenes.