The Conformist
The Conformist (1970)

The conformist is 1930s Italian Marcello Clerici (Jean-Louis Trintignant), a coward who has spent his life accommodating others so that he can "belong." Marcello agrees to kill a political refugee, on orders from the Fascist… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 5, 2006
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Consensus: A commentary on fascism and beauty alike, Bernardo Bertolucci's The Conformist is acclaimed for its sumptuous visuals and extravagant, artful cinematography.

Andrew O'Hehir

The unsettling blend of images and ideas in this movie cannot satisfactorily be disentangled or decoded, and it's the very strangeness of Bertolucci's masterpiece that has made it so influential in cinema history.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Ravishing to the eye but less than fully satisfying to the mind.

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

It's yesteryear remembered with a combination of nostalgia and repulsion, a queasy combination that defines the film and gives it a kind of hideous allure.

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Calum Marsh
Village Voice

Bertolucci's boldest and most expressive film ...

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

The movie is pure magic as story, as drama, as photography, as conviction, as everything except its ideas.

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Fernando F. Croce

Visual splendor reigns supreme in Bertolucci's dazzling historical dreamscape

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

The Conformist is celebrated for cinematographer Vittorio Storaro's tumbling autumn leaves, but its emotional impact involves a tumbling soul.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Juggling past and present with the same bravura flourish as Welles in Citizen Kane, Bertolucci conjures a dazzling historical and personal perspective.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Few films really deserve the term 'masterpiece,' but this one does.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Reid Volk
Appreciate it more than I enjoyed watching it. Beautifully shot, incredibly insightful, often boring.
Stefanie C
A visually stunning, subjective, psychological study of one man's pursuit of 'normalcy.' The plot is non-linear and revealed through a… More
Drew Smith
A fine movie, but dry and difficult to relate to. I can't imagine many people calling this a favorite. I have a great deal of respect for its… More
Randy Tippy
The 'look' of Bertolucci's <i>Conformist</i> is stunning. The locations, the lighting, the overall cinematography - just beautiful.… More
Anthony Lawrie
Visually, Il conformista has to be one of the most beautiful films ever made, each frame is like a renascence painting and it's easy to see its influence… More
Pierluigi Puccini
The story of a man who shook hands with the devil in his despair of trying to run away from his true self at any cost. but when his loyalty is put to the test… More