CONFORMIST, THE (1970)
Director Bernardo Bertolucci's masterpiece, adapted from the novel by Alberto Moravia, chronicles the desperate quest to belong by a bourgeois Italian during the rise of Fascism in the 1930s. Jean-Louis Trintignant slyly portrays Marcello Clerici, a man fearful of his identity — both socially and sexually — whose maniacal obsession with normality leads him to Fascist politics, an ill-fated marriage to Giulia (Stefania Sandrelli), a spectacularly dangerous affair with femme fatale Anna (Dominique Sanda) and the betrayal of a kindly mentor — only to discover that demonic conformity is the surest route to depravity. A pinnacle of cinema, boasting art deco sets, an affecting score by Georges Delerue and camerawork by the great Vittorio Storaro ("his accomplishment may be the apex of color cinematography." – Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice), this is a must-see on the big screen! DIR/SCR Bernardo Bertolucci, from the novel by Alberto Moravia; PROD Maurizio Lodi-Fè. Italy/France/West Germany, 1970, color, 114 min. In Italian with English subtitles. RATED R
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