Sunday, April 29, 2007

The Conformist (1970)

*****
France/Italy/West Germany

Bernardo Bertolucci's hypnotic, indelible study of a conflicted Mussolini collaborator, whose aggressive, self-suffocating efforts to blend in and remain inconspicuous repeatedly and inevitably get him mixed up in gaudily, conspicuously stylised setpieces. It's a tour de force in silky visuals (probably the pinnacle of colour cinematography) and wintry, intoxicating atmosphere.

wr/dir: Bernardo Bertolucci
ph: Vittorio Storaro
ed: Franco Arcalli
m: Georges Delerue
pd: Ferdinando Scarfiotti
cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moschin, Dominique Sanda, Enzo Tarascio, José Quaglio, Milly, Yvonne Sanson, Pierre Clémenti, Giuseppe Addobbati

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