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The Conformist (1970)

Il conformista (original title)
R | | Drama | 21 March 1971 (USA)
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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.

Writers:

Alberto Moravia (novel), Bernardo Bertolucci (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Marcello Clerici (as Jean Louis Trintignant)
Stefania Sandrelli ... Giulia
Gastone Moschin ... Manganiello
Enzo Tarascio Enzo Tarascio ... Professor Quadri
Fosco Giachetti ... Il colonnello
José Quaglio ... Italo
Yvonne Sanson ... Madre di Giulia
Milly Milly ... Madre di Marcello
Antonio Maestri Antonio Maestri ... Confessore
Alessandro Haber Alessandro Haber ... Cieco ubriaco
Luciano Rossi ... Biondo cieco
Massimo Sarchielli ... Cieco
Pierangelo Civera Pierangelo Civera ... Franz
Giuseppe Addobbati ... Padre di Marcello
Christian Aligny Christian Aligny ... Raoul (as Cristian Alegny)
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This story opens in 1938 in Rome, where Marcello has just taken a job working for Mussollini and is courting a beautiful young woman who will make him even more of a conformist. Marcello is going to Paris on his honeymoon and his bosses have an assignment for him there. Look up an old professor who fled Italy when the fascists came into power. At the border of Italy and France, where Marcello and his bride have to change trains, his bosses give him a gun with a silencer. In a flashback to 1917, we learn why sex and violence are linked in Marcello's mind. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, surpassing even his roles in "Z" and "A Man and a Woman". See more »

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Trivia

Bernardo Bertolucci was introduced by his then-girlfriend Maria Paola Maino to Alberto Moravia's novel. He was impressed by her description of the story, but because he locked in production on The Spider's Stratagem (1970), he had not actually read the novel when he pitched a film adaptation to Luigi Luraschi of Paramount Pictures, who agreed to fund and distribute the film. A month later, Bertolucci was reading the book with one hand, and writing the script with his typewriter in the other. See more »

Goofs

When young Marcello shoots up Lino's room, the squibs are clearly visible in the walls before they explode. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Marcello: [to Manganiello on the phone] It's me, yes. Everything all right?
[pause]
Marcello: What do you mean, they're gone? You mean she's gone, too?
[pause]
Marcello: I'll be waiting in front of the hotel.
[hangs up]
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Alternate Versions

The "Dance of the Blind" sequence was restored for the 1994 re-issue of the film. This had been cut for the American release. Contrary to early reports, the DVD released by Paramount does include this scene. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Godfather: Part II (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Chi È Più Felice Di Me?
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Composed by Cesare A. Bixio
Arranged by Georges Delerue
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Unique, visually stunning and surreal mix of history and suspense
2 June 2001 | by dcavalloSee all my reviews

Bertolucci's "Conformist" must not be missed if it shows up at your local art/independent movie theater.

Indispensable for its photography and visual style alone -- credit legendary DP Vittorio Storaro, best known for his work on The Godfather films and Apocalypse Now -- the film delivers with a ferocious punch on a remarkable number of levels.

Dense and often difficult, yet leavened with unexpectedly beautiful and humorous touches, "The Conformist" functions primarily as an indictment of Fascism and its adherents. But deeper threads run deeply through the picture; it is an examination of one man's attitudes towards the value of patriotism, love, family, marriage, sex and death, and, as has perhaps been overstated (by both the critics and perhaps the film-maker) it also explores the ramifications of homosexual repression.

Bertolucci expertly manages to weave these themes into a hypnotic, occasionally surreal experience that has served as an inspiration for countless directors.

Performances are brilliant throughout. Dominique Sanda is one of the most engaging and sensual women to ever grace the screen.

See this film, and you will simply wish to see it again.


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Language:

Italian | French | Latin | Chinese

Release Date:

21 March 1971 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$58,657

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$400,747
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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