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Bernardo Bertolucci

Il Conformista (The Conformist)

115' - 1970 - Drama - Dialogue: Italian, Latin, French, Chinese
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci Composer: Georges Delerue With: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moschin
One of Bertolucci's best films, The Conformist makes a provocative connection between
repressed sexual desires and fascist politics. It's an intriguing study of the twisted Italian character of the 1930s. Plagued by the memory of a traumatic sexual experience during child hood and desperate to demonstrate his "normalcy," Marcello Clerici marries the dull, pe tit-bourgeois Giulia. He later joins the Italian Fascist movement, accepting an assignment to travel to Paris and help assassinate Prof. Quadri, his former mentor. Before the assassination, Clerici becomes attracted to Anna, the professor's seductive, bisexual wife, though she herself is actually more interested in Giulia. (CineBooks' Motion Picture Guide)

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Bernardo Bertolucci


Georges Delerue


Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moschin


Bernardo Bertolucci, Alberto Moravia

More information


Italian, Latin, French, Chinese

Countries of production

Italy, France, West Germany

Screenplay based on

Alberto Moravia




Bernardo Bertolucci
The Death of a Pig (short, 1956), The Cable (short, 1956), The Grim Reaper (1962), Before the Revolution (1964), Il canale (short, 1966), Partner (1968), Amore e rabbia (1969), The Conformist (1970), The Spider's Stratagem (1970), La salute è malata (short, 1971), Last Tango in Paris (1972), 1900 (1976), Luna (1979), Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man (1981), Farewell to Enrico Berlinguer (1984), The Last Emperor (1987), 12 Directors for 12 Cities (1989), The Sheltering Sky (1990), Little Buddha (1993), Stealing Beauty (1996), Besieged (1998), Ten Minutes Older: The Cello (2002), The Dreamers (2003), Me and You (2012), Venice 70: Future Reloaded (2013)

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