THE CONFORMIST

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THE CONFORMIST

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Bernardo Bertolucci

2002  67 minutes  1.66:1  Italy

Editions: DVD and Blu-Ray 

Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist returns in a dazzling new restoration supervised by the director and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro! One of the enduring masterpieces of the 1970s, Bertolucci’s breakthrough film The Conformist is an elegant portrait of the death throes of Italian Fascism and a triumph of pure style.

 

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Synopsis

Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist returns in a dazzling new restoration supervised by the director and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro! One of the enduring masterpieces of the 1970s, Bertolucci’s breakthrough film The Conformist is an elegant portrait of the death throes of Italian Fascism and a triumph of pure style. Adapted by Bertolucci (an Oscar-nominated screenplay) from Alberto Moravia’s 1951 novel, it chronicles the life of secret police functionary Marcello Clerici (Jean-Louis Trintignant), who is sent on a mission to assassinate his former teacher, Professor Quadri (Enzo Tarascio), a leftist activist in exile in Paris. Clerici uses his honeymoon with new wife Giulia (Stefania Sandrelli) as a cover for the job. But he soon becomes entranced by Quadri’s sensuous, haunted wife Anna (Dominique Sanda), and the Fascist tenets he once accepted without question begin to waver in his mind. Legendary cinematographer Storaro (Apocalypse now) and production designer Fernando Scarfiotti (Scarface, American Gigolo) make spectacular use of the Fascist-era brutalist architecture, its blandly symmetrical structures acting as another form of control. with a gorgeous score by Georges Delerue and incandescent performances by a star-studded cast, The Conformist is a towering accomplishment that for the past four decades has enraptured audiences and influenced filmmakers around the world.

Reviews

The Italian director’s 1970 expressionist masterpiece offered a blueprint for a new kind of Hollywood film, which is why Coppola, Spielberg, Scorsese and co owe him a huge debt.
— The Guardian
That Bertolucci is aware of the fact that the equation of politics with sex is extremely complex ... It is also apparent in Bertolucci’s cinematic style, which is so rich, poetic, and baroque that it is simply incapable of meaning only what it says..
— The New York Times

Cast and Credits

Director
Bernardo Bertolucci</b>

Writers
Based on the novel of Alberto Moravia (1951) Screenplay by Bernardo Bertolucci</b>

Producer
Giovanni Bertolucci

Cast
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Dominique Sanda, Gastone Moschin, Pierre Clementi, Enzo Tarascio, José Quaglio, Fosco Giachetti, Yvonne Sanso, Milly, Giuseppe Addobbati, Antonio Maestri, Cristian Alégny, Pasquale Fortunato, Carlo Gaddi, Luigi Antonio Guerra, Orso Maria Guerrini, Marilyn Goldin, Christian Bélègue 

Cinematography
Vittorio Storaro

Music
 Georges Delerue

Special Features

NEW Restoration in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, Vittorio Storaro and Bernardo Bertolucci.

In the Shade of the Conformist (57 min. 5 sec.) / Original Trailer 1970 (1 min. 39 sec.)
2014 U.S. Theatrical Re-release Trailer
New and improved English subtitles / New HD transfer from original 35 mm negative print Digitally restored / Fully illustrated booklet

Production: Italy – 2002
Running time: 67 minutes, color
Language:Original Italian; English
Subtitles:English optional Aspect ratio 1,66:1 

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