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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 »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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 ... 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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Taglines:

A study in the seduction of the soul... the rape of the mind... the art of political assassination. See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

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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:

The Conformist See more »

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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 film was in contention for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. However, a huge controversy over the inclusion of Michael Verhoeven's film O.K. (1970) resulted in the Festival being abandoned and no awards being given out. See more »

Goofs

When Lino first sees young Marcello walking and gets into his car to follow him, he knocks his hat off ducking into the vehicle. 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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Referenced in Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985) See more »

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Tornerai
Music by Dino Olivieri
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Just simply a masterpiece
3 February 2006 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Story of a weak-willed Italian man (Jean-Louis Trintignant) who is ordered, in 1938, to assassinate his one-time professor. He is ordered by a Fascist organization he joined to become normal, to conform (he's gay and ashamed of it). He takes his annoying wife (Stefania Sandrelli) with him...only to find his professor has married a former love of his (Dominique Sanda). Can he kill them both? This film is just riveting. The story is never boring and full of some very intriguing people. The acting is superb--especially by Trintignant who you see holding his fear and indecision inside and Sanda who is unbelievably sexy...and dangerous. I don't know much about politics so I'm not going to discuss that.

But this film is a must-see for the incredible cinematography by Vittorio Storano and masterful direction by Bernardo Bertolucci. The sets are exquisite--every single one looks incredible and is beautifully lit and shot for maximum impact. Sometimes I was just so caught up in the visuals I lost track of the story! Every shot is filled with rich symbolism. My favorite sequence was at a dance hall when Trintignant is "caught" in the dance. Also some prints are missing a 10 minute "Dance of the Blind" that was cut from original prints. It's no loss--it adds nothing to the story.

Quite simply one of the most beautiful films I've ever seen with a strong, intriguing plot. A powerful must-see film. A 10 all the way.


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