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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)
Daily | Goings On | Cru, Bertolucci, July
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The Conformist, Bertolucci's Boldest Film, Showing at Film Forum
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Architecture meets celluloid. 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)
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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 | 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:
When Clerici asks the operator to connect him with Prof. Quadri, the telephone number he gives is the (one-time) telephone number of Bertolucci's idol Jean-Luc Godard. When Quadri answers the phone, Clerici recalls one of his lectures in which Quadri said "The time for reflection is over. Now is the time for action." This is the opening line in Godard's film Le Petit Soldat.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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:
Giulia:What was Marcello like as a student?
Professor Quadri:Serious. Too serious!
Giulia:But you can't be too serious.
Professor Quadri:Really serious people are never serious.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Clueless (1995)See more »

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34 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Architecture meets celluloid., 30 July 2001

What is most amazing about The Conformist is it's cinematography and angles.

Director Bertolucci and Cinematographer Storraro have created a masterpiece of form by using light, camera angles, and character positioning.

The architecture dwarfs the characters as they try to make sense of their existence during Italy's fascist period (1930's). They are placed theatrically at times creating a balance of space.

The Conformist is the most stunning film visually I have ever seen. Every scene is immaculate, kind of surreal, almost to rich for the senses to take in one viewing.

The story is somewhat difficult on the first viewing but one can figure the basic plot line. It is a story about repression and oppression, about nationality, political beliefs during a paradigm shift. It is about acceptance and avoidance. It is about playing it safe in a time of tension.

The final scene suggests what the main character might have become had he chose the truth. It is left up to us to judge him and realize that it is sort of a catch 22; either way, he would have ended up in that dark place where a fascist country would mentally place same sex love.

See this film to see the potential of the beauty of film.

Conform or not to Conform? That is the Question.

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