I initially watched this movie solely because of the title – simple, but intriguing. It's an Italian film, and it is incredible. It's visually striking down to the last detail, and after watching it, I figured out why: Vittorio Storaro, the same man who did the cinematography for Apocalypse Now, worked on this film as well. Of course, it also doesn't hurt that it was directed by Bertolucci. It's smart and psychological and full of decadence in more ways than one, all of which help make it one of the best foreign films you'll ever watch.