Conformist, The*

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Conformist, The*

  • 1970 ----- color ----- 108 min ----- laserdisc
  • (Written and directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, based on the novel by Alberto Moravia; with Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Dominique Sandra, Pierre Clementi, Gastone Moschin and Enzo Tarascio. Set principally in 1938, Bertolucci views the life of an upper-class follower of Mussolini. Jean-Louis Trintignant is the aristocratic Fascist - an intelligent coward who sacrifices everything he cares about because he wants the safety of normality. Stefania Sandrelli is his deliciously corrupt, empty-headed wife, and Dominique Sanda, with her swollen lips and tiger eyes, is the lesbian he would like to run away with. ". . . if the ideas don't touch the imagination, the film's sensuous texture does. It's a triumph of feeling and of style - lyrical, flowing, velvety style, so operatic that you come away with sequences in your head like arias." - Pauline Kael. [English version] [Rated R] (Funded by The Friends of Comparative Literature) (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Europe, History: European, Motion Pictures: Features, Political Science: European, War and Peace)