The Conformist

Scene from the film The Conformist
Scene from the film THE CONFORMIST

Adapted from the novel by Alberto Moravia, The Conformist (Il conformista) (1970, dir. Bernardo Bertolucci) is a luminous, political thriller that explores political violence, eroticism, and social conformity in Mussolini’s Italy.

Jean-Louis Trintignant stars as Marcello, a sexually oppressed young man who joins the Fascist movement in Rome and agrees to assassinate his former mentor, a leftist professor who fled to Paris to escape political persecution. As Marcello struggles to decide whether to carry out the assassination, flashbacks reveal his complicated past that led him to such extremism.

With striking cinemaphotography by Vittorio Storaro and an iconic score by the great Georges Delerue, Bertolucci’s masterpiece shines in this newly restored 4K version taken from the film’s original negative by Cineteca di Bologna in collaboration with Minerva Pictures under the supervision of Fondazione Bernardo Bertolucci.

Part of our Restorations & Rediscoveries series.

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In Italian with English subtitles