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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.
PTAbro's World Tour Stop 5: Italy
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)…
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.
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…
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In a room flashing intermittently with red light, Marcello Clerici anxiously sits by the phone, waiting for it to ring. We don't know who's supposed to be calling, or what he's anticipating a call about—this is our supposed hero, but it's our first time meeting him. We don't know anything about him yet, but this sense of vague discomfort at the expected attention from an indefinite somewhere else will come to define his character. This is Bernardo Bertolucci's Il Conformista, a film about the fall of Fascism in WWII Italy seen through the nervous eyes of this Marcello. By telling this large story from this small perspective, it dives down into the human…
I'm finally putting the finishing touches on my analysis for this amazing movie. Just needed to watch it one more time to make sure I wasn't missing anything important. I'm saving most of it for the essay (which should be out sometime tomorrow or the day after), but there's one detail I noticed that didn't fit into the analysis but that I find fascinating.
There are three record players seen in the film: the first is a wedding present from Marcello to Giulia (a sign of love); the second is in France at the Quadris apartment (the site of resistance); the third is at the very end of the film. Throughout their and our journey, the record player…
Bernardo Betolucci has made a masterful study of fascism and deception. The film has an exceptional combination of production design and Vittorio Storaro's cinematography. A man (Jean-Louis Trintignant) trying to suppress an experience of his youth, tries to fit into fascist society. He agrees to a sinister mission to visit his former professor who has fled to Paris. In Paris with his naive wife (Stefania Sandrelli), he becomes drawn to the professor's younger, enigmatic wife (Dominique Sanda). Bertolucci builds a strong tension as Trintignant confronts both his past and the impending violence of his mission.
The Conformist is a political thriller that is beautifully shot and acted, but most importantly, is flawlessly told. I'd like to start by giving Alberto Moravia initial props for writing the novel this film is based on, but Bernardo Bertolucci, the writer and director of this film, is the true hero of the composition. This film contains an incredible cinematic narrative that features an assassination plot with a key turn on the formula: the would-be assassin that is supposed to carry out the murder is a coward and a traumatized, paranoid individual. He's a womanizer, a coward, a desperately over-serious military man, but most importantly, he continuously tries to be someone he is not throughout the course of the entire…
A seductive and cruel film, as only Italians could ever pull off.
I'm not sure which I'm more smitten with today - Trintignant, or the dress worn by Dominique Sanda in the dance hall scene. I will say that it's one of the great tragedies of my life that I'll probably never have a dress like that.
Bernardo Bertulucci brennt ein Feuerwerk an Bildern ab. Die komplizierte Erzählstruktur jedoch erweckte in mir den Eindruck, ich wäre zu dumm für den Film. Ein Gefühl, was ich eigentlich nicht mag - ebenso wenig, wie es ein Hund mag, der an einer Metzgerei vor dem "Wir müssen leider draußen bleiben"-Schild geparkt wird.
A fantastic film with an incredibly raw insight into fascism.
Not too far into this film, I realised that this was one of those "masterpieces" that I wasn't going to think was a masterpiece. There are masterpieces in every language and from every period that I can watch, and I get it, yeah, that's a masterpiece (e. g. Ikiru, Blue Velvet, Chinatown, Metropolis, The 400 Blows, A Separation, etc). Then there are "masterpieces" like this, where there is a consensus that it is a masterpiece of world cinema, etc etc, but I don't have a full understanding of the proper context to place it in so that I can experience it as that masterpiece. I found the (almost slapstick) allegorical elements of the film to be extremely annoying. Not my favorite Bertolucci film by far.
Stylish yet brutal in its psychological and dreamlike intensity.
The Conformist is an Italian film about a compliant spy who has to assassinate his former teacher. The film is beautifully shot, one of the most artful and lusciously shot films I have seen and these stunning dreamlike visuals are not just there for show, they help to explore one of the main themes - beauty. Bertolucci and his cinematographer Storaro (Apocalypse Now) use the camera stunningly to lovingly make each frame a masterpiece. The low-angled shots and the camera moving past and through walls reminded me of Wes Anderson's films, this was surely an inspiration for him.
The film also explored numerous other themes (maybe a little too ham-fistedly) of fascism, sexuality and the effects of abuse among others…
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