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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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(86 articles)
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One of the greatest films ever made. 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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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 | 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 Latin phrase recited by Clerici on his way to kill the Quadris was "Animula, vagula, blandula, hospes comesque corporis", the first line of a poem attributed to the Roman emperor Hadrian.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: A radio tower appears in a flashback to Marcello's Rome boyhood in 1917.See more »
Quotes:
[after overthrow of Mussolini]
Giulia:What are you going to do now?
Marcello:The same as everyone else who thought like me. When there are so many of us, there's no risk.
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Movie Connections:
References The Samurai (1967)See more »

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15 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
One of the greatest films ever made., 10 August 2008
Author: Benedict_Cumberbatch from Los Angeles, CA

I have been a fan of Bertolucci for quite a while now - his recent films like "Stealing Beauty" and "The Dreamers" make my all-time favourites' list, while his acclaimed "The Last Emperor", which I saw years ago, didn't make me a great impression: it was definitely a well-made epic, just didn't fascinate me like some of his other films. Same thing with his controversial "Last Tango in Paris": other than Marlon Brando's devastating performance, which will always be a must-see for those who admire raw acting, the film's daring (for its time) approach to sexuality is now outdated, and the film is rather dull in its apparently liberal speech (the fact that I'm not exactly a Maria Schneider fan doesn't help). And last night, I finally watched the extraordinary "The Conformist", arguably his masterpiece and undoubtedly one of the greatest films ever made.

Based on a novel by Italian author Albert Moravia (who also wrote the novel that inspired Godard's "Contempt"), "The Conformist" is the story of a closeted homosexual, Marcello (Jean-Louis Trintignant) who becomes a fascist yes-man, marrying a clueless girl, Giulia (Stefania Sandrelli) and going to Paris for their honeymoon. Marcello's bosses ask him to kill his old college mentor, Quadri (Enzo Tarascio), an anti-fascist who fled Italy to live in Paris with his young, beautiful and idealistic wife, Anna (Dominique Sanda). Anna and Marcello are former lovers, but that's not the only pitfall in Marcello's plan, nor is it stronger than his tragic conformism to an exacerbated political regime and the fear of living as a "pederast"/having his homosexuality made public.

The political factor is an open part of the plot, while Marcello's sexuality is very ambiguous (he seems to have real feelings for Anna, yet a childhood trauma and a homophobic attitude show his tragic character formation). "The Conformist" works as a riveting political thriller and a haunting character study, and it's impossible to praise this film without mentioning Vittorio Storaro's breath-taking cinematography, possibly his greatest (and that's saying a lot) and certainly one of the very best in film history. The whole film is so beautifully shot that every scene seems to be taken out of a painting; it could perfectly be photographed now rather than 38 years ago and it wouldn't look any better. The performances are all magnificent, particularly Trintignant, Sandrelli and Sanda, each perfectly portraying blind rage, ignorance and idealism, respectively. All in all, as close to perfection as film-making gets, and as timeless as its main themes (politics, conformism and sexuality) - if you think this couldn't happen today, take a look around and tell me how many gay Republicans you know?

10/10.

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