The Conformist

The Conformist

The Conformist

Sex, politics and violence are all connected in this 1970 drama from Oscar-winning Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci. Based on the novel by Alberto Moravia, which Bertolucci fashioned into an Academy Award-nominated screenplay.

"Basically, it’s the story of a coward," says Variety "one of the thousands (millions?) who have, for self-aggrandizement or mere safe-playing self-preservation, ‘conformed’ to the transient ideological dictates of their times. Marcello (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is such a coward. Just married (also a compromise), he’s sent to Paris by the Fascist espionage organization he’s joined and ordered to murder a leftist political refugee he once studied under in college, but procrastinates, his mind riddled with doubts and fears, his body attracted by the intended victim’s pretty wife who, possibly to save her husband’s life, seduces both Marcello and his bride."

1970Rating: R16, Violence and sex scenes108 minsItaly, France, West GermanyItalian with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema

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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Windup is likewise redundant, and the weakest factor in an otherwise very satisfying powerful film.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Probing, unsettling and visually compelling, The Conformist treats its audience as adults, never opting for easy closure.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Beautiful, idea-laden and thrilling film noir...

5.0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

Visually lush... Stylistically exhilarating... It is a pity that the scenario cannot quite meet the demands of the mise en scene...

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

In a story full of treachery, cowardice and sexual decadence... the movie remains uplifting for its breathtaking style.

Variety

Variety

press

Windup is likewise redundant, and the weakest factor in an otherwise very satisfying powerful film.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Probing, unsettling and visually compelling, The Conformist treats its audience as adults, never opting for easy closure.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Beautiful, idea-laden and thrilling film noir...

5.0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

Visually lush... Stylistically exhilarating... It is a pity that the scenario cannot quite meet the demands of the mise en scene...

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

In a story full of treachery, cowardice and sexual decadence... the movie remains uplifting for its breathtaking style.

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