Bernardo Bertolucci: Last Tango In Paris director dies aged 77, say Italian media

The Italian passed away at his home in Rome after suffering a long illness, Italian newspaper Repubblica and other reports said.

His press office confirmed his death in an email to The Associated Press.

RAI news agency said Bertolucci was surrounded by family.

His 1987 movie The Last Emperor, the story of the life of Pu-Yi, the last emperor of China, won nine Oscars.

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