The Conformist ★★½

The plot is unnecessarily muddled. I want to think that Sergio Leone saw this and thought, "hey this has potential, let me make it better by doubling its length."

The aesthetic is pretty in its moments but for the most part it's forced and empty. It keeps you just engaged enough, but never actually caring for the story. The climax in the forest is great, but everything else kinda falls flat.

Just give me Once Upon a Time in America for a gorgeous 30s aesthetic, and give me Salo for Italian fascists acting all smug. That is all.

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