A noirish thriller as well as a study of Italian politics and psychological character, Bertolucci’s Oscar-nominated adaptation of Alberto Moravia s novel (which he admired) remains one of the great triumphs of world cinema.
At the peak of his creative powers the 29-year-old Bernardo Bertolucci, eschewed the influence of mentor, Jean-Luc Godard and partnered up with Vittorio Storaro and developed his own style for one of the most visually dazzling and intriguing films of all time. Told in a non-linear structure that would go on to influence ‘The Godfather Part II’, the story begins in Rome, 1938. Marcello (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is a young fascist who takes on the job of assassinating his former professor who has fled to Paris. With his girlfriend (Stefania Sandrelli) in tow he meets the professor and his young wife (Dominique Sanda) when complications arise. Visually stunning, with film-noir elements, ‘The Conformist’ has gone on to influence filmmakers such as Paul Schrader, Martin Scorsese and Michael Mann. (Subtitles)
Italy/France 1970 Bernardo Bertolucci 112m