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Writers:
Alberto Moravia (novel)
Bernardo Bertolucci (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1971 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Bertolucci's Masterpiece about Sex and Politics [re-release]
Plot:
A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 12 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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(87 articles)
Claude Sautet: The Things of Life
 (From Variety - Film News. 15 October 2014, 11:18 AM, PDT)

Daily | Goings On | Cru, Bertolucci, July
 (From Keyframe. 29 August 2014, 5:54 AM, PDT)

The Conformist, Bertolucci's Boldest Film, Showing at Film Forum
 (From Village Voice. 26 August 2014, 9:00 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Visually stunning, otherwise clumsy with some nasty politics. See more (87 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Marcello Clerici (as Jean Louis Trintignant)

Stefania Sandrelli ... Giulia
Gastone Moschin ... Manganiello
Enzo Tarascio ... Professor Quadri
Fosco Giachetti ... Il colonnello
José Quaglio ... Italo

Dominique Sanda ... Anna Quadri
Pierre Clémenti ... 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
Luigi Antonio Guerra

Orso Maria Guerrini
Pasquale Fortunato ... Marcello bambino
Antonio Maestri ... Confessore
Alessandro Haber ... Cieco ubriaco
Massimo Sarchielli ... Cieco
Pierangelo Civera ... Franz
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gianni Amico ... Allievo Prof. Quadri (uncredited)
Joel Barcellos ... Allievo Prof. Quadri (uncredited)
Christian Belegue ... Gipsy (uncredited)
Benedetto Benedetti ... Minister (uncredited)
Claudio Cappeli ... Hired Killer (uncredited)
Romano Costa ... Man opening the door (uncredited)
Marta Lado ... Marcello's Daughter (uncredited)
Giorgio Pelloni ... Allievo Prof. Quadri (uncredited)
Luciano Rossi ... (uncredited)
Gino Vagniluca ... Secretario (uncredited)

Directed by
Bernardo Bertolucci 
 
Writing credits
Alberto Moravia (novel)

Bernardo Bertolucci (screenplay)

Produced by
Giovanni Bertolucci .... executive producer
Maurizio Lodi-Fè .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
 
Cinematography by
Vittorio Storaro 
 
Film Editing by
Franco Arcalli 
 
Production Design by
Ferdinando Scarfiotti 
 
Set Decoration by
Osvaldo Desideri (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Gitt Magrini 
 
Makeup Department
Franco Corridoni .... makeup artist
Rosa Luciani .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Serge LeBeau .... production manager
Aldo U. Passalacqua .... production supervisor
Mario Cotone .... production supervisor (uncredited)
Nicola Venditti .... production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aldo Lado .... assistant director
Alain Bonnot .... assistant director (uncredited)
Paolo Finocchi .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Nedo Azzini .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Mario Dallimonti .... sound
Franco Bassi .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Guido Giogucci .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Giuseppe Alberti .... assistant camera
Enrico Umetelli .... camera operator
Alberico Novelli .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Piero Cicoletti .... assistant costumer
 
Editorial Department
Vincenzo Di Santo .... assistant editor
Giancarlo Venarucci .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Georges Delerue .... conductor
 
Other crew
Loredana Pagliaro .... production secretary
Flavia Sante Vanin .... script girl
Pietro Sassaroli .... administrator
Attilio Viti .... production secretary
Sergio Graziani .... voice dubbing: Jean-Louis Trintignant (uncredited)
Rita Savagnone .... voice dubbing: Dominique Sanda (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Il conformista" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
111 min | 106 min (international version) (first release)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15 (new rating: 2001) | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) | Peru:18 | Singapore:M18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (2007 re-rating) | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (f)
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Trivia:
The song played on phonograph record at the end of the movie is "Come l'ombra," which means "Like the Shadow." It is sung by Trio Lescano, a popular singing group of the thirties.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: A radio tower appears in a flashback to Marcello's Rome boyhood in 1917.See more »
Quotes:
Giulia:He'll be a typical intellectual, disagreeable and impotent.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dream Slashers (2007) (V)See more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Visually stunning, otherwise clumsy with some nasty politics., 1 June 2012
Author: pan sapiens from Australia

I literally signed up because, on first watching this film, I was shocked by the apparent reverence in which it is held. Yes, it is certainly a visually stunning film -one of the most beautiful films I have seen in some time in fact. However there seems little else to recommend it. The main character is a "conformist". How do we know this? Well, because he literally TELLS US in the first couple of minutes. He certainly does not act like it ...and this is pretty much what you can expect for all of the themes explored in the film -every unconvincing and unsubtle point will be rammed home ham-handedly. Certainly there is no convincing portrayal of the anxiety which drives the desire to conform, and the relationship between this anxiety and fascism -something which would have been a very worthy subject matter. On the contrary the protagonists behavior is on the contrary quite odd rather than conformist. A real missed opportunity here. Characterization, in so far as it exists, is crude and didactic (this goes for all characters, not just the protagonist). There are a number of weird themes, visual sequences and actions by characters throughout, which I can only assume is a crude attempt to qualify the film as "arty", as well as some utterly comical pseudo-intellectualism (bringing to mind something like "first year philosophy students at lunch in the quad"). I could go on in some detail, but hey, in the present case what's the point???

The film concludes with a rather nasty apologist message, the apparent "moral" of the film, equating fascism and anti-fascism as two sides of the same coin. This message is hammered home repeatedly and crudely in the final minutes so as to make sure we don't miss the point. Firstly, I got it the first time -the final scene (where the protagonist denounces two guys as fascists) was both unnecessary and awkwardly unsubtle. Secondly, I just don't buy it -fascism and anti-fascism are just not the same thing. All in all "Il Conformista" left a very bad taste in my mouth.

I'm not a liberal-arts type guy, and I know very little about Italian history, so maybe it's me that's just to dumb to "get it"? I don't think so, but I figure even if this was the case that would clearly make the film unsuccessful as a piece of communication. I reckon turn the subtitles off (or mute it if you speak Italian) and you could maybe just enjoy the visual spectacle .

5/10 with the subtitles off.

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