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Bertolucci's famous 1970’s drama, based on the 1951 novel “The Conformist” by Alberto Moravia. About a sexually repressed man in 1930s Italy, who is consumed by an irresistible need to fit in with society. This leads him to embrace fascism as Mussolini rises to power. As his allegiance to the regime takes over his life, he agrees to assassinate his old teacher. The film is a case study in the psychology of fascism, and according to the political philosopher Takis Fotopoulos "The Conformist" (as well as "Rhinoceros" by Ionesco) is "a beautiful portrait of this psychological need to conform and be 'normal' at the social level, in general, and the political level, in particular." The film has been very influential for other filmmakers, and is widely praised as a visual masterpiece.
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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…
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.
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…
Astounding! Bertolucci's The Conformist is a hypnotising tale of violence, murder, deceit and lust as well as being a perplexing indictment of fascism, under Mussolini.
The story of an ambivalent fascist, Marcello as he is forced to assassinate his old teacher to prove his worth and dedication to Mussolini's regime. The film is a delight to watch featuring some of the impeccable cinematography and some of the most immersing and nimble camera work on film. It realizes just the perfect moment when to use close ups or to be distanced and using tracking to deliver swift, upbeat moments or conflicts in the story. It is accompanied by a meticulous score that altogether defines this Italian work of art establishing its…
I feel confident that this is one of the best shot films of all time. News flash: Vittorio Storaro paints with light. He wrapped the Eiffel Tower in fog, when a sunny day wouldn't do. Not sure how he did that.
Then you add Bertolucci's direction, his script, and a surprisingly perverse humor, and you get a masterpiece. Pretty sure Coppola saw this before he made Godfather. Positive, in fact.
A significant movie for me. One that prepared me for European cinema, because while it's stylistically challenging, rich with reflections on the inextricable nature of identity, sexuality, politics, it guides you through its irregularities with ease.
Baffled by the story, dazzled by the images.
This film had some really stunning cinematography, just beautiful. My takeaway thematically is that being weak-willed, not having your own convictions, is like playing with a loaded gun... something which does happen in the film, come to think of it. Having just recently watched Last Tango In Paris, I can't help but compare one to the other. While both have complex things to say about their main characters, and both are valid and well stated, The Conformist was a much more enjoyable viewing.
A great one, wonderfully shot as well.
Bernardo Bertolucci's beautiful film on sex and political intrigue in 1930's Italy and France.
Pasolini's Baroque style + Fellini's bravura angles -- but I am usually not a fan of either. However, this is a visually dazzling & an intriguing film. #see
Better the second time around - I think the first time, I wasn't sure what to make of it, and it all felt remote, though aesthetically pleasing. But this time I felt the meaning behind the film's artifice, the resonance of how living under a fascist government requires performance.
Well worth the wait, and the expense, to finally see this film. It surpasses the great things I have heard about it, with terrific photography, acting, and direction. As I slowly catch up my diary, about a month behind, I am almost ready for a rewatch already.
Moj ultra dragi prijatelj DAN je rekao da je ovo možda i savršen film u svakom pogledu. A možda i je!!!!
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