An intoxicating experience for sure. I'm wary of calling a film a masterpiece on my first viewing but it's definitely essential to watch. Words couldn't make justice to the pleasure I had seeing it. As a spectator I feel the confidence of a precise vision. Il conformista allows different perspectives to absorb, it's not just beautiful, well-crafted and thought-provoking, it leaves behind a vivid memory.
Exudes the perfumed whiff of pornography... but in the service of dismantling the psychosexual neuroses behind fascism, this is all well and good! The hang-ups around homosexuality are eye-rolling, but I think that's as much Moravia as Bertolucci. Otherwise, Bertolucci brilliantly opens up Moravia's text, finding the expressionist potentialities within what is quite a claustrophobic character study. Rotting marble.
THE CONFORMIST is an excellent movie about conformity theme. This movie tells about a man who wants to forget his ugly past by joining facist party. So that he can be "conform" with the others. THE CONFORMIST a character study of man's psychology. It's also a movie about existentialism and alienation. Mr. Bertolucci succeed to give a solid storytelling. Not to mention, Vittorio Storaro's beautiful cinematography...
It didn't age particularly well cinematically, but the acting didn't age a bit. It's more theatre than film really with moments that have strong emotional cloak-and-dagger tone without having a lot of sense if you don't take them for granted. Shades and colours kept nicely though.
A stunningly photographed manifesto of color and light that orchestrates a metaphysic of the gaze, coupling desire (repressed and emancipated) to a Platonic critique of fascism and a reversal of Enlightenment into myth (the victory of the cave). All this, told with unsurpassed bravura with non-diegetic Godardian tropes and a triumphant dance scene of the collectivity's futile attempt to elevate Clerici to light!
Probably one of the best movies I've ever seen. It is a technical masterpiece with some of the best light and shadow work I've ever seen. Every frame is perfect with a lot of thought put into camera angles. The story is really good too and sucks you into it head first.
Beautifully shot and remarkably well-crafted. Bertolucci earns his reputation by enveloping us in a tragic tale of an emotionally wounded man struggling between his troubled past, complicated present and desire of a blissful future. The artistic direction is quite stunning as is the use of light and color selections. The bad dubbing is my only knock on it, but overall, this is a heartbreaking and fascinating film.
Great film, but it's reputation left me wanting a bit more. Storaro's cinematography is the main reason to watch, as it is art of the highest caliber. The story though, while admittedly interesting, felt a bit cold, distant, and removed. Perhaps this was the intention, but I can't help feeling the film misses classic status as a result by a hair's length. Still, a film that comes very close to perfect. 4.5 stars
Amazing visual aesthetic. This story is much more than a film about a secret agent, it is a film of inner thought, and how one can feel so lost in the world, but appear together by outside viewers. The struggle of sexuality and belief systems are powerful topics that add layers to the main character and the story as a whole.
One of my all-time favorites, though the best way to watch it is on the big screen with the proper aspect ratio. Brilliant humor and terrifying sadness. This time I noticed how the women calling "Marcello" sound like all the women calling "Marcello" in "La Dolce Vita." And all the animal furs & dogs---a meditation on man as beast and man vs. beast.
4-5. Has an absolutely brilliant handle on visual language, from basic bits like guns as phalluses and nudity as authenticity to more ephemeral ideas like flickering/blinking light reflecting the self bobbing above and below the surface. Its approach to its female characters is a tad sketchy (that first kiss assault towards Anna), but manages to rebound pretty well, especially in its ending. Magnifique, overall.
Quite good, but for me, not as good as it's reputation suggests. Storaro's cinematography is incredible and the film is worth watching as pure visual art. The main story itself is an interesting blend of political thriller and a psychological examination of it's main character, an exploration his desire to conform. Presumably this was the point, but while it was very stylish it felt a little too cold and sterile.