The Conformist

Bernardo Bertolucci's masterpiece is a political drama set in Mussolini's Italy starring Jean-Louis Trintignant as a repressed man trying to purge memories of a youthful,... 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 with English Subtitles
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The Conformist

Cast
Dominique Sanda
Gastone Moschin
Stefania Sandrelli
Jean-Louis Trintignant

Crew
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.

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