A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.
Too-good-to-be-true first time viewing. The Conformist is a quiet character study like Le Samourai but with the content reversed: Marcello is desperate to be as cool as Jef, and in his desperation he constantly reveals how uncool he actually is. His frantic belief in the big Other belies his lack of belief in himself. Through this psychological drama, the film aligns fascism with a kind of impotence and repressed sexuality. The cinematography is also all-time great status (primarily shot composition and color palette, but also the DP's mysterious ability to shoot as if his massive film camera were a weightless nothing he can manipulate as he pleases). I would have immediately rewatched it if not for a prior engagement to see Rebecca on the big screen; but there's always tomorrow.
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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 ideology 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 the viewer in exquisite cinematography that drops us in a world of trench-coats and fedoras (channeling Melville), porcelain beauties (Dominique Sanda,…
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…
Bernardo Bertolucci's The Conformist is hands down one of the most beautifully shot films I have ever seen. It almost feels far ahead of its time, for a film shot in the late 60's/1970 to have such astoundingly moving cinematography is a feat in and of itself, but the cinematography is even better shot than most modern films. It's a testament to just how powerful this film is, and how timeless it has become.
The Conformist was far more psychological than I thought it was going to be. I had (wrongly) assumed that it was a simple cut and dry assassination story, with some kind of political turmoil plaguing the protagonist. What I got instead was a maddening delve into…
Probably the most beautiful film that I've seen. Amazing cinematography, brilliant mise-en-scene and use of colors. Rarely does the technical aspect of a film make me enjoy it more, but this one certainly did. And it needed to since I found the story to be a bit confusing at times. Obviously there are deep political themes that I don't know much a bout. But it was a very interesting film and one day I hope I'll understand it better.
Just watch it.
A man who desperately wants to fit into society is hired to kill his old college professor who speaks against Fascism. He is engaged to a woman he doesn't love, but starts to be attracted to the professor's wife. This results in what I consider to be one of the most beautifully crafted films I've seen (if not the most). My breath was taken away just from how beautiful each and every single frame is in this film.
This film at least from a visual and a technical standpoint is just absolutely stunning, and practically is one of the finest films ever created. Everything was made with love and care here: the colors, the shadows, the lighting, the staging, the…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I've had this film sitting in my Netflix list for a few months. I'd scan over my list to find something to watch and see it there, waiting for me to finally take the plunge. Today I did, and boy am I impressed.
The film starts with our main character Marcello, a member of the secret police during Mussolini's Fascist reign, arranging to kill his former professor, who is an anti-fascist. The movie follows Marcello preparing to commit the murder, while dealing with his marriage to a woman he doesn't love, his drug-abusing mother, his mentally ill father, and his blossoming romance with the wife of the man he's supposed to kill.
Marcello Clerici is a pretty complex character. Throughout…
Rewatch. Κι ακόμα αξεπέραστο.
The Conformist is one of those films that early on made me realize I would need to watch again at some point. It is not that the film is too hard to follow or full of ambiguity, but rather that it takes a while to get into. The first half of the film in particular jumps around quite a bit, without clearly telling the audience and so on a first viewing I did spend a bit too much time early on, trying to the find the rhythm the film was following, thereby not being entirely gripped by it. The scattershot structure in the first half does effectively serve a purpose, reflecting the inner doubt Marcello (played perfectly by Trintignant).
My oh my, I really loved this. First of all, this movie is absolutely gorgeous. I could look at this thing all day. It is not just a scene or two either. Every frame feels as good as the last. I really can't say enough about the cinematography, and I don't have to, if you watch it you will know. The characters are really great as well. I love the protagonist. One of the great things about him is you are never quite sure where is head is at, which makes each scene engrossing. The side characters are great as well. This is a very sensual movie, but not in a dirty way. Again, the sexual tension is always there…
The Conformist shows why Bernardo Bertolucci was one of the most promising film directors of his generation and why he never lived up to this promise. Consider the scene in the dance hall: it’s a beautiful mix of contrasts, of movement and stasis. As the two men sit at the table the two women dance: the two couples contrast. But the two women contrast with the working class clientele of the dance hall: in the richness of their clothes and the fact that two women dancing gains attention. Then, as the dance becomes a line that snakes around and outside the room, the camera following the movement, Professor Quadri (Enzo Tarascio) leaves Marcello Clerici (Jean-Louis Trintignant) at the table and…
Fantastic from a technical standpoint (cinematography is insane), and would play wonderfully in a double feature with Scorsese's debut, 'Who's That Knocking At My Door' -- two of the most guilt-by-masculinity-via-Catholicism-driven films of all time.
Frank Ocean’s list of his 100 favorite films, as published in “Boys Don’t Cry” on the release of his album,…