The Conformist (Il Conformista)

BBB

(out of 5)


 is excellent as a follower of Mussolini’s fascist politics who lives the completely spotless life of his superiors: he is marrying the right woman, stands for the right conservative beliefs and disdains the right people. Trouble is, the whole thing is a charade and underneath it all (though he’s not always conscious of it), he is miserable. His sexual proclivities actually take him more towards men, and his latest assignment of rubbing out a former teacher of his gives him more conflict than he’s willing to admit. Bernardo Bertolucci’s most critically acclaimed film has all the right elements: a sterling cast ( is memorable as Trintignant’s flaky fiancée), Vittorio Storaro’s catchy cinematography and rich production design by Ferdinando Scarfiotti, plus an intelligent screenplay and strong direction. The result of it all when put together isn’t as passionate as it should be, but it is definitely admirable and one can easily see why it stirred up so much attention when it was originally released.


Mars Film, Marianne Productions, Maran Film

Italy/France/West Germany, 1970

Directed by

Screenplay by Bernardo Bertolucci, based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards:  1971

Golden Globe Awards:  1971

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