The Conformist

  • 15
  • Bernardo Bertolucci (1970)
  • It / Fr / W Ger (SUB)
  • 108 min
The Conformist
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

This adaptation of Alberto Moravia's novel from director Bernardo Bertolucci is a masterful blend of Freud and Fascism. It examines the link between sexual and political repression in order to assess the impact of Italy's authoritarian past on its deeply divided present. Aided by Vittorio Storaro's luscious cinematography, Bertolucci perfectly captures the false sense of wellbeing exuded by Mussolini's regime. Jean-Louis Trintignant is superb as the conformist of the title, a victim of child abuse who has grown up with a desperate desire to belong. Paralysed by the contradictions of his life and times, he has developed a slavish allegiance to the party and agrees to assassinate his former tutor. Trintignant is ably supported by Stefania Sandrelli and Dominique Sanda in this disturbing, visually imposing and influential movie.

Plot Summary

Drama set in Italy in the 1930s, starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Stefania Sandrelli. Marcello's life is spent trying to make up for a childhood crime by behaving as conventionally as possible - he even volunteers as a Fascist spy in his effort to conform, a move that leads to betrayal.

Cast and crew

Cast

Marcello Clerici
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Giulia
Stefania Sandrelli
Manganiello
Gastone Moschin
Quadri
Enzo Tarascio
Lino Semirama
Pierre Clémenti
Anna Quadri
Dominique Sanda
Raoul
Christian Alegny
Italo
José Quaglio
Marcello's mother
Milly
Marcello's father
Giuseppe Addobbati
Giulia's mother
Yvonne Sanson

Crew

Director
Bernardo Bertolucci

Other Information

Language: 
Italian +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
BFI
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing and nudity.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 29 Feb 2008
Certificate 15
Distributor:
30/1/2012
Categories
Drama

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