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The Conformist(Il conformista)

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Italy, France, West Germany · 1970
Rated R · 1h 48m
Director Bernardo Bertolucci
Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moschin, Dominique Sanda
Genre Drama

Marcello is a fascist ordered to assassinate his former professor in Paris, who now lives in exile as a political dissident. Told through a series of flashbacks, Marcello uses his own honeymoon as a cover to carry out the mission.

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Yusuf Aslanyurek Profile picture for Yusuf Aslanyurek

with cinematography of Vitarrio Storaro it's one of best picture in history of cinema.

Kelsey Thomas Profile picture for Kelsey Thomas

A film that is often considered Bertolucci’s masterpiece, and for good reason. What seems to have stuck with viewers is Clerici’s quest for conventionality at a time when such conventions are fated to change, but I’m also intrigued by the queer themes that run throughout, and I wonder if they can stand up to harsh analysis. Still, this is a political yet emotional film about the desire to conform and the impulse to subvert that is very much worth viewing.

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L.A. Weekly by

The Conformist is a great film, drunkenly beautiful and deeply disturbing.


Washington Post by Desson Thomson

Masterfully arranged for color, texture, decor and camera fluidity, The Conformist is more like a symphonic poem than a movie. (Review of 1994 Release)


Washington Post by Hal Hinson

Even if it weren't in pristine shape for its current re-release, it would still qualify as one of only a handful of films made in the past 30 years that truly deserve to be called great. (Review of 1994 Release)


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

Storaro and Bertolucci have fashioned a visual masterpiece in The Conformist, with some of the best use of light and shadow ever in a motion picture. This isn't just photography, it's art -- powerful, beautiful, and effective. (Review of 1994 Release)


Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

Seems every bit the masterpiece it was when first released by Paramount. In this dazzling film, Bertolucci manages to combine the bravura style of Fellini, the acute sense of period of Visconti and the fervent political commitment of Elio Petri -- and, better still, a lack of self-indulgence.


Village Voice by Michael Atkinson

Bertolucci's masterpiece--made when he was all of 29--will be the most revelatory experience a fortunate pilgrim will have in a theater this year is a foregone conclusion.


Philadelphia Inquirer by Steven Rea

The Conformist has a decadent visual beauty about it that's breathtaking. But as striking as Bertolucci's classic looks, there's even more powerful stuff in the storytelling.


The New York Times by Vincent Canby

The movie is perfectly cast, from Trintignant and on down, including Pierre Clementi, who appears briefly as the wicked young man who makes a play for the young Marcello. The Conformist is flawed, perhaps, but those very flaws may make it Bertolucci's first commercially popular film. (Review of Original Release)

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