The Conformist

The Conformist

Jean-Louis Trintignant
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant
Jean-Louis Trintignant
, Dominique Sanda
Dominique Sanda
, Pierre Clémenti
Pierre Clémenti
Bernardo Bertolucci


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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 is critically revered for the astonishing production design by Nedo Azzini, which, together with Vittorio Storaro's camerawork, recreates the atmosphere of Fascist Italy with some of the most complex visual compositions ever seen on film, filled with highly stylized uses of angles, shapes, and shadows. The Conformist was cut by five crucial minutes when first released in the US; those missing moments were restored in the 1994 reissue.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/25/2014
UPC: 0816018010890
Original Release: 1970
Rating: R
Source: Raro Video Usa Ltd.
Time: 1:52:00
Sales rank: 10,205

Special Features

In the shade of The Comformist (57 min. 5 sec.) Original 1970 U.S. Theatrical trailer 2014 U.S. treatrical re-release trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean-Louis Trintignant Marcello Clerici
Dominique Sanda Anna Quadri
Pierre Clementi Pasqualino Semirama
Stefania Sandrelli Giulia
Gastone Moschin Manganiello
Pasquale Fortunato Marcello as a child
Enzo Tarascio Prof. Quadri
Jose Quaglio Italo
Milly Marcello's mother
Yvonne Sanson Giulia's mother
Fosco Giachetti Colonel
Benedetto Benedetti Minister
Christian Alegny Raoul
Gio Vagni Luca Secretary
Giuseppe Addobbati Marcello's father
Orso Maria Guerrini Actor
Alessandro Haber Cieco ubriaco
Antonio Maestri Priest
Luciano Rossi Actor
Massimo Sarchielli Cieco
Luigi Antonio Guerra Actor
Carlo Gaddi Actor
Marilyn Goldin Actor
Christian Bélègue Actor

Technical Credits
Bernardo Bertolucci Director,Screenwriter
Franco Arcalli Editor
Nedo Azzini Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Giovanni Bertolucci Executive Producer
Georges Delerue Score Composer
Maurizio Lodi-Fe Producer
Gitt Magrini Costumes/Costume Designer
Ferdinando Scarfiotti Art Director,Production Designer
Vittorio Storaro Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Conformist
1. Movie Start [:06]
2. Anonymous Letter [:10]
3. Agent Manganiello [10:14]
4. The Priest And The Sinner [5:36]
5. Toast To The Groom [8:55]
6. Confession On The Train [9:15]
7. Visiting The Professor [4:25]
8. Hostile And Sincere [8:17]
9. Anna And Giulia [11:36]
10. The Fascist And The Antifascist [11:21]
11. Ambush At Dawn [2:37]
12. Fall Of A Dictatorship [15:45]
13. Chapter 13 [9:21]
14. Chapter 14 [15:17]

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