Film Sunday: “The Conformist” (1970)

This is a political drama set in Italy in the 1930s. It explaores the psychology of a weak-willed man who gets drawn into the covert criminality of the fascist regime. This established the reputation of director Bernardo Bertolucci, who also wrote the screenplay from a Moravia’s novel. It stars Jean-Louis Trintignant and Stefania Sandrelli. Complex, stylish, and visually gorgeous, it has been highly influential on other filmmakers of the ensuing decade. A beautiful and disturbing film.


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