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The Conformist

50th Anniversary Engagement!


In Mussolini’s Italy, repressed Jean-Louis Trintignant, trying to purge memories of a youthful, homosexual episode–and murder–joins the Fascists in a desperate attempt to fit in. As the reluctant Judas motors to his personal Gethsemane (the assassination of his leftist mentor), he flashes back to a dance party for the blind; an insane asylum in a stadium; and wife Stefania Sandrelli and lover Dominique Sanda dancing the tango in a working class hall.
But those are only a few of this political thriller’s anthology pieces, others including Trintignant’s honeymoon coupling with Sandrelli in a train compartment as the sun sets outside their window; a bimbo lolling on the desk of a fascist functionary, glimpsed in the recesses of his cavernous office; a murder victim’s hands leaving bloody streaks on a limousine parked in a wintry forest.

Bernardo Bertolucci’s masterpiece, adapted from the Alberto Moravia novel, boasts an authentic Art Deco look created by production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti, a score by the great Georges Delerue, and breathtaking color cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.

  • Country Italy
  • Language In Italian with English subtitles.
  • Year 1970
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil
  • Running Time 111 minutes
  • Director Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro
  • Cast Dominique Sanda, Gastone Moschin, Stefania Sandrelli, Jean-Louis Trintignant