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The Conformist (1970)

Il conformista (original title)
R | | Drama | 22 October 1970 (USA)
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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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Alberto Moravia (novel), Bernardo Bertolucci (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Marcello Clerici (as Jean Louis Trintignant)
Stefania Sandrelli ... Giulia
Gastone Moschin ... Manganiello
Enzo Tarascio Enzo Tarascio ... Professor Quadri
Fosco Giachetti ... Il colonnello
José Quaglio José Quaglio ... Italo
Yvonne Sanson ... Madre di Giulia
Milly Milly ... Madre di Marcello
Antonio Maestri Antonio Maestri ... Confessore
Alessandro Haber Alessandro Haber ... Cieco ubriaco
Luciano Rossi ... Biondo cieco
Massimo Sarchielli ... Cieco
Pierangelo Civera Pierangelo Civera ... Franz
Giuseppe Addobbati Giuseppe Addobbati ... Padre di Marcello
Christian Aligny Christian Aligny ... Raoul (as Cristian Alegny)
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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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The Picture That Shows The Art Of Political Assassination - and - Other Things See more »

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Country:

Italy | France | West Germany

Language:

Italian | French | Latin | Chinese

Release Date:

22 October 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (first release) (international)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The poem recited by Marcello while traveling on train is Gabriele D'Annunzio's "La pioggia nel pineto" (1903). See more »

Goofs

When Marcello leaves his hotel to rendezvous with Manganiello, a crew member is reflected in the glass door. 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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Alternate Versions

The "Dance of the Blind" sequence was restored for the 1994 re-issue of the film. This had been cut for the American release. Contrary to early reports, the DVD released by Paramount does include this scene. See more »

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J'attendrai
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Music by Dino Olivieri
Arranged by Georges Delerue
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The Dark Poetry Of Politics
30 July 2011 | by littlemartinarocenaSee all my reviews

To be everything is nothing. To go against what you cherish the most is the symbolic gesture of weakness. The brilliant story telling of the young and passionate Bernardo Bertolucci remains as vivid and powerful as the first time I saw it - 15 years ago, when I was 21 - The film is 41 years old now and I can only imagine the effect it had in its day. For me, it became a point of reference and to see it again is a shattering scramble of emotions. Jean Louis Trintignat is extraordinary and Stefania Sandrelli is superb as the mediocre, petite bourgeois wife. The art direction by Ferdinando Scarfiotti and the photography by Vittorio Storaro are, quite simply, without equal. I was very moved by the appearance of Pierre Clemeti as the ambiguous Lino. A film to visit and re-visit.


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