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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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This is the story of a coward. In The Conformist, the blame for cowardice is shown not to lie completely with accused, but neither does he come close to being acquitted either. Jean-Louis Trintignant's Clerici, as the titular conformist, only wants to fit into the society he lives in, Mussolini's fascist regime. He wants so badly to belong somewhere, anywhere, that he's willing to kill his stand-in father (an old professor), just to be granted the right to marry a woman he doesn't really love (the adorably flapper-ish Stefania Sandrelli) in order to attain some sense of 'normalcy.'
The state of society (as warped and twisted as it seems today), events in Clerici's past…
As a collectivist, I am very much for belonging. I am a big fan of community spirit and of togetherness. The distinction between my personal brand of collectivism and fascism, or one of many, is in the difference between conformity and acceptance. I look out on the diversity of the world, and I think how amazing it all is. I want everyone to see their differences, accept them, and appreciate them in others. In fascism, conformity is the rule. They see differences out there, and they want to quash them. They want to dress in uniform, metaphorically and often literally speaking, and destroy that which doesn't fit.
There are collectivists, communists, socialists, who hew closer to conformity than acceptance, in…
Surely a contender for the most beautifully photographed film to grace the screen, Bernado Bertolucci's 'Il Conformista' is truly a wonder to behold. Wrapped in an 'every frame as a picture in a coffee table book that I would happily peruse every day' is a tightly woven tale of political intrigue set against the back-drop of fascist Italy, where Marcello Clerici (Jean-Louis Trintignant) travels to Paris to deal out Mussolini's idealogy in the form of an assassination on his former College Professor Luca Quadri (Enzo Tarascio).
The narrative is fragmented with flashbacks, demanding the viewer keep up, whilst drowning us exsquisite cinematography that drops us in a world of trenchcoats and fedora's (channelling Melville), porcelain beauties (Dominique Sanda, Stefania Sandrelli)…
Bertolucci's The Conformist is a striking, involving, impressive work. Often heralded as a classic and vital staple in Italian cinema's transition from neo-realism to the modern mainstream, the film is quietly complex, wonderfully brilliant and delightfully original. Jean-Louis Trintignant, as the confused and uncertain protagonist, Marcello, embodies the figure of hesitance, reluctance but brutal power that the film clings to. Riveting for its entire 111-minute runtime, the film challenges its audience in an inviting way and examines sex, politics, war and humanity in a striking manner that was both refreshing, original but not atypical at the time. Perhaps a masterpiece, certainly a classic, The Conformist marks one of the best works of both Bertolucci and Trintignant's careers, and a film definitely worth seeking out.
this is some of the deepest and best put together characterisation i have ever seen. it is mesmerising how well the film balances the development of the main character's personality with his political beliefs, gracefully showing how they feed off of one another. his place in the meticulously paced plot always feels clear, visceral, and real.
it speaks volumes that the cinematography takes a back seat, because it is also brilliant. however, this is also where i think the film slightly falters. the vast majority of the shots are beautiful and work well, but the film occasionally looks a little too clinical, detracting from its reality, even if it complements its fascistic themes.
my criticisms are both miniscule and debatable. the film is absolute bliss from beginning to end. and what an ending.
An old review of a film I think is very special.
If the power of imagery, deep characterisation and tremendous theme are enough to make a classic film; then that is what The Conformist is. Beautiful art deco interiors, are matched by gorgeous exterior photography. This artistic aspect is on a par with the exquisite Last Year At Marienbad and little else.
Trantignant's Marcello is an incredibly despicable protagonist. I have seen Marcello described as a weak man, but that doesn't go far enough. He represents something venal, a very symbolic cowardice and by transposition, the epitome of the Fascist. His conformity is examined through the film, and it is in a truly allegoric sense that he is sent to…
"I'd put them all up against the wall."
This movie is perfect. That's all there is to it. I've seen it twice now and both times I am floored (this is the only Bertolucci I've seen, which is a running trend if you look at my page). The filmmaking is spectacular, thanks to Vittorio Storaro's breathtaking compositions (the legendary forest confrontation at the end of the film is 10 minutes of film school) and even more so to Jean-Louis Trintignant as the closeted, cowardly, impossibly lonely Marcello. Bertolucci shoots him in a manner not to far off from how Melville used Alain Delon in "Le Samurai," with the hat, the noir posturing, but there isn't a trace of charisma in…
Admittedly, I didn't know much about the film or its political context prior to watching it for the first time and so I found the plot occasionally puzzling, but this is a gripping and beautifully photographed story of dehumanisation and desperation that I will undoubtedly develop a greater understanding of from repeated viewings.
turns out fascism is bad
Eye-catching and colourful visual presentation, awesome dialectical political themes, themes of repressed sexuality (hi freud), great music that adds mood to the film, stylised to hell and back with lots of nice flourishes.
Just really awesome stuff.. already want to watch it again and experience those VISUALS all over again.
Very good film. I watched to times for my foreign film class at Compass College of Cinematic Arts. The class is being taught by Phil Worfel. I really enjoyed this film. The cinematography is excellent. Vittorio Storaro who also went on to DP Apocalypse Now. The film is deeply imbedded with symbolism, motifs and excellent lighting. Great Film I own it and plan on watching it again. P.S Bertolucci uses wide shots and let actors step into frame instead of always moving the camera and or using cuts. Very little in cuts in this film. Pure and simple and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Didn't like the movie. It was a movie which looked beautiful but which didn't do much for me.
I am not sure whether it has dated badly.
Bernardo Bertolucci, has had a prolific career throughout his 5o years of filmmaking. Like any other prolific director, he has had his highs and he has had his lows. When he's at his best though, it doesn't get much better than that. The cinematography, plays a character in itself. Vittorio Storaro, who would work with Bertolucci again(Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor) as well as Apocalypse Now, lets his talent shine throughout the entire course of the movie. The way he plays with lighting and colors on the characters faces, helps make a scene more powerful, without the characters actually ever saying anything. Coppola was influenced by this film, when he went on to make The Godfather Part 2. Who wouldn't be though? This film is eye candy.
A truly ravishing and intoxicating film about a man trying to fit in and join the Fascist party as he's assigned to kill an anti-Fascist professor in France as it features a tremendous performance from Jean-Louis Trintignant as well as being one of Bernardo Bertolucci's great films.
This passed through and over
Me without leaving a hint
of an impression.
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