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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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You'll dare not forget him! See more »

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Italy | France | West Germany

Language:

Italian | French | Latin | Chinese

Release Date:

22 October 1970 (USA) 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

When Clerici asks the operator to connect him with Professor Quadri, the telephone number he gives is the (one-time) telephone number of Bernardo 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 (1963). See more »

Goofs

When Manganiello is driving Marcello around, the windshield wipers are on in the close shots, but off on the long shots. 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 Salò: Fade to Black (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Bandiera rossa
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Composed by Carlo Tuzzi
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Architecture meets celluloid.
30 July 2001 | by victor7754See all my reviews

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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