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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Marcello Clerici (as Jean Louis Trintignant)
... Giulia
... Manganiello
Enzo Tarascio ... Professor Quadri
... Il colonnello
José Quaglio ... Italo
... Madre di Giulia
Milly ... Madre di Marcello
Antonio Maestri ... Confessore
Alessandro Haber ... Cieco ubriaco
... Biondo cieco
Massimo Sarchielli ... Cieco
Pierangelo Civera ... Franz
Giuseppe Addobbati ... Padre di Marcello
Christian Aligny ... Raoul (as Cristian Alegny)
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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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Bertolucci's Masterpiece about Sex and Politics [re-release] See more »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Was chosen by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "100 New Classics ranking as #74 in the June 20, 2008 issue. The issue ranked the greatest movies of the previous 25 years. See more »

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A radio tower appears in a flashback to Marcello's Rome boyhood in 1917. 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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Referenced in Psych-o-cysts (2005) See more »

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L'Internationale
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Composed by Pierre Degeyter
Lyrics by Eugène Pottier
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Architecture meets celluloid.
30 July 2001 | by See 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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