The Conformist It's not easy deciphering The Conformist , Bernardo Bertolucci's tale of a damaged Fascist functionary, yet it pays off. Trintignant's Marcello isn't lovable (select the…
DVD Review

The Conformist (2006)

Details Release Date: Dec 05, 2006; DVD Release Date: Dec 05, 2006; Movie Rated: R; Genre: Drama; With: Stefania Sandrelli and Jean-Louis Trintignant

It's not easy deciphering The Conformist, Bernardo Bertolucci's tale of a damaged Fascist functionary, yet it pays off. Trintignant's Marcello isn't lovable (select the original Italian, with subtitles, to avoid the Speed Racer-ish dubbing), but Vittorio Storaro's cinematography is exquisite; the final minutes are staggering.

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Bertolucci says he tells his actors, ''I need to be fed with surprises''; he considered and rejected casting Brigitte Bardot, and claims that pleading from Francis Ford Coppola, Arthur Penn, and Sidney Lumet got the film its American release.

Originally posted Dec 01, 2006 Published in issue #910 Dec 08, 2006 Order article reprints
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