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The Conformist

The Conformist

Bernardo Bertolucci (1970)

108min
15 Certificate
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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.

Summary

A sexually repressed man in 1930s Italy is consumed by an irresistible need to fit in with society, which leads him to embrace fascism as Mussolini rises to power. As his allegiance to the regime takes over his life, he agrees to assassinate his old college professor. Bernardo Bertolucci's drama, with Jean-Louis Trintignant and Stefania Sandrelli. In Italian, French and Latin.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Bernardo Bertolucci
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Other Information

Language: Italian +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: BFI Guidance: Violence, swearing and nudity. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 29 Feb 2008

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