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The Conformist (1970)

Il conformista (original title)
R | | Drama | 22 October 1970 (USA)
A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.

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(novel), (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Marcello Clerici (as Jean Louis Trintignant)
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Gastone Moschin ...
Manganiello
Enzo Tarascio ...
Professor Quadri
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Il colonnello
José Quaglio ...
Italo
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Lino
Yvonne Sanson ...
Madre di Giulia
Milly ...
Madre di Marcello
Giuseppe Addobbati ...
Padre di Marcello
Christian Aligny ...
Raoul (as Christian Alegny)
Carlo Gaddi ...
Hired Killer
Umberto Silvestri ...
Hired Killer
Furio Pellerani ...
Hired Killer
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Storyline

This story opens in 1938 in Rome, where Marcello has just taken a job working for Mussollini and is courting a beautiful young woman who will make him even more of a conformist. Marcello is going to Paris on his honeymoon and his bosses have an assignment for him there. Look up an old professor who fled Italy when the fascists came into power. At the border of Italy and France, where Marcello and his bride have to change trains, his bosses give him a gun with a silencer. In a flashback to 1917, we learn why sex and violence are linked in Marcello's mind. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Bertolucci's Masterpiece about Sex and Politics [re-release]

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Certificate:

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Release Date:

22 October 1970 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Alberto Moravia's novel is told from an omniscient point of view. For the film adaptation, Bernardo Bertolucci chose to tell the story more from the viewpoint of the protagonist, whose memories and feelings are deliberately misleading and unreliable. Bertolucci's non-linear approach to the film's timeline only adds to the film's stream-of-consciousness feeling. See more »

Goofs

When Manganiello and Marcello are talking in the kitchen of the restaurant, the swinging lamp slows, then obviously someone knocks it on two occasions to keep it swinging. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Marcello: [to Manganiello on the phone] It's me, yes. Everything all right?
[pause]
Marcello: What do you mean, they're gone? You mean she's gone, too?
[pause]
Marcello: I'll be waiting in front of the hotel.
[hangs up]
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Connections

Referenced in Psych-o-cysts (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Couleurs De Paris
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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One of the Most Visually Hypnotic Films I've Ever Seen
16 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bernardo Bertolucci's stunning early-1970s classic looks absolutely beautiful nearly forty years later. It tells the story of a fascist in 1930s Italy who is assigned to root out and assassinate anti-fascists. As the story develops, we learn that a childhood event played a large role in shaping this man's perception of himself, and that the life he is leading is largely a lie.

The story Bertolucci tells is odd and compelling, but what kept me glued to the television screen was the film's mesmerizing visual style. Bertolucci collaborated with cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, and it's not an exaggeration to say that they create some of the most beautiful images I've ever seen in a film. One might expect Bertolucci to adopt a sombre color palette for telling such a gloomy story, but that's not the case. On the contrary, he opts for lush colors, striking contrasts, and stylized lighting to create a slightly surrealistic environment that's one small step removed from reality as we know it.

A truly remarkable movie.

Grade: A+


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