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The Conformist

  • Drama
  • 1970
  • Bernardo Bertolucci
  • 108 mins
  • X

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Marcello ClericiJean-Louis Trintignant
GiuliaStefania Sandrelli
ManganielloGastone Moschin
QuadriEnzo Tarascio
Lino SemiramaPierre Clémenti
Anna QuadriDominique Sanda
RaoulChristian Alegny
ItaloJosé Quaglio
Marcello's motherMilly
Marcello's fatherGiuseppe Addobbati
Giulia's motherYvonne Sanson

Crew

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DirectorBernardo Bertolucci

Details

Theatrical distributor
BFI
Released on
2008-02-29
Languages
Latin | Italian | French | Chinese
Guidance
Violence, swearing and nudity.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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