The Conformist

The Conformist is a 1970 political drama directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. The screenplay was written by Bertolucci based on the 1951 novel The Conformist by Alberto Moravia. Read more

The Conformist

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

Year: 1970
Running Time: 111
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Country: Italy
Language: Italian
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The Conformist

Dominique Sanda
Gastone Moschin
Stefania Sandrelli
Jean-Louis Trintignant

Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro
Art Director Ferdinando Scarfiotti
Composed by Georges Delerue
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

In Mussolini's Italy, repressed Jean-Louis Trintignant, trying to purge memories of a youthful, homosexual episode--and murder--joins the Fascists in a desperate attempt to fit in. As the reluctant Judas motors to his personal Gethsemane (the assassination of his leftist mentor), he flashes back to a dance party for the blind; an insane asylum in a stadium; and wife Stefania Sandrelli and lover Dominique Sanda dancing the tango in a working class hall. But those are only a few of this political thriller's anthology pieces, others including Trintignant's honeymoon coupling with Sandrelli in a train compartment as the sun sets outside their window; a bimbo lolling on the desk of a fascist functionary, glimpsed in the recesses of his cavernous office; a murder victim's hands leaving bloody streaks on a limousine parked in a wintry forest. Bernardo Bertolucci's masterpiece, adapted from the Alberto Moravia novel, boasts an authentic Art Deco look created by production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti, a score by the great Georges Delerue  and breathtaking color cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Available on DCP!

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