According to Bertolucci's publicist, Flavia Schiavi, the Italian director died Monday after a long battle with cancer.
Bertolucci was born in Parma in 1940. His father, Atillo Bertolucci, was a poet and friend of Pier Paolo Pasolini, who hired Bertolucci as an assistant in 1961 for his debut movie Accattone. A year later, Bertolucci directed his own film, The Grim Reaper, which was screened at the Venice Film Festival.
He later won the Academy Award for Best Director and for Best Adapted Screenplay for his 1987 film The Last Emperor, which was an adaptation of the last Chinese monarch, Pu Yi's autobiography.