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Il conformista

Bernardo Bertolucci Italia, 1970

Adam Whybray's rating of the film Fascisten

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.