The Conformist
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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 government, even though the victim-to-be is his college mentor. The film is a character study of the kind of person who willingly "conforms" to the ideological fashions of his day. In this case, director Bernardo Bertolucci suggests that Marcello's desire to conform is rooted in his latent homosexuality. In addition to its strong storyline, the film… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Ravishing to the eye but less than fully satisfying to the mind."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Visual splendor reigns supreme in Bertolucci's dazzling historical dreamscape"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The art house meets Hollywood neo-noir in Bernardo Bertolucci's The Conformist, a film that isn't recognized enough as the masterpiece that it is."
‑ Radheyan Simonpillai,
"One of the finest sex-and-politics thrillers ever made, blending sharp humour with riveting suspense."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Bertolucci's boldest and most expressive film ..."
‑ Calum Marsh, Village Voice
"The movie is pure magic as story, as drama, as photography, as conviction, as everything except its ideas."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Few films really deserve the term 'masterpiece,' but this one does."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
""The Conformist" is Bernardo Bertolucci's immaculate work of cinematic art about the conflicted mindset of a man who carries out Mussolini's fascist ideology."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"All hail the revival of one of Bernardo Bertolucci's best films."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"The Conformist is celebrated for cinematographer Vittorio Storaro's tumbling autumn leaves, but its emotional impact involves a tumbling soul."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Juggling past and present with the same bravura flourish as Welles in Citizen Kane, Bertolucci conjures a dazzling historical and personal perspective."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Photographed by Vittorio Storraro, it's a mélange of the sensual haziness of '70s European art-house fair and the high-contrast, anxious angles of film noir"
‑ Violet Lucca, Slant Magazine
"Talvez o melhor filme de Bertolucci, esta obra-prima magnificamente fotografada por Storaro é tão formidável em sua construção estética e narrativa que cada praticamente todo plano se presta a análises longas e profundas."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A beautifully imagined portrait of moral and political cowardice."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
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