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: October 22, 1970
DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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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Sean Axmaker

... heightened, exaggerated, distorted, the world reimagined by the filmmakers as something familiar yet not. It is magnificent ...

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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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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The one and only quintessential all-time masterpiece that trades, extensively, on its ideal viewer's knowledge of the history of 20th Century interior design.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

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.

Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

It's a superb performance by Trintignant, whose presence is the film is physically passive even as he tries to play the confident, intellectual leader of men.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
A different kind of movie about fascism than we're used to in the 2000s--one that makes little use of the jackboots and black uniforms and waving banners… More
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
Reid Volk
Appreciate it more than I enjoyed watching it. Beautifully shot, incredibly insightful, often boring.
Randy Tippy
The 'look' of Bertolucci's <i>Conformist</i> is stunning. The locations, the lighting, the overall cinematography - just beautiful.… 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
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