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3,554 Ratings

The Conformist

Il conformista

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
Italy, 1970
Crime, Thriller, History
  • Italian, French
  • English

Synopsis

An Italian man is drawn into the fascist party when he’s instructed to assassinate his former college professor, a vocal anti-fascist living in exile in France during the 1930s. Based on the 1951 novel of the same name by Alberto Moravia.

Our take

It doesn’t get better than Bertolucci’s stunning masterpiece (shot by the great Vittorio Storaro), one of the most influential films. It rabidly pursues unresolved tendrils of Italian wartime history with the stylized aplomb of the preceding French New Wave and the American movie brats to come.

The Conformist Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1970 | 2 wins including: Interfilm Award - Recommendation

1990

Academy Awards

1972 | Nominee: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium

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