ITALY, FRANCE, GERMANY

IL CONFORMISTA The Conformist

1970 – 35mm – colore – 113′

 

Direction: Bernardo Bertolucci

Screenplay: Bernardo Bertolucci, Franco Arcalli, from the novel by Alberto Moravia

Cinematography: Vittorio Storaro

Editing: Franco Arcalli

Set design: Ferdinando Scarfiotti

Music: Georges Delerue

Costumes: Gitt Magrini

Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moschin, Enzo Tarascio, Fosco Giachetti, José Quaglio, Yvonne Sanson

Producer: Maurizio Lodi-Fè

Production: Mars Film, Marianne Productions, Maran Film

 

SYNOPSIS

1938. When he was just 11, Marcello Clerici killed a man who wanted to abuse him, and subsequently became a spy for the secret Fascist police. In the present time, he plans to use his honeymoon in Paris with Giulia as a cover to murder his former philosophy teacher, professor Quadri, a well-known anti-regime dissident who fled to France. Marcello manages to get invited to Quadri’s home, but is stunned by the beauty of Anna, the professor’s wife, whereas Quadri, in his turn, becomes smitten with Giulia. Marcello, despite himself, is therefore forced to kill Anna too. Some years later, on the evening of 25 July 1943, at the fall of Fascism, a chance encounter with the man he thought he had mortally wounded as a child, will be showdown time for Marcello.

 

CRITICAL NOTE

“A complex, multi-layered work, whose almost irregular development seems like a romantic date that picks up the pace of sexual intercourse, then stops and starts again, obsessively searching for perfection, but without ever bordering on affectation. Therefore, it is also a film about how ageless desire actually is. (…) Giulia [is] once again Stefania Sandrelli, who has really gone through the many seasons of an essential cinema, the core of a future that, perhaps, has never fully arrived, but certainly the essential seed of a very evocative present.”

(Tonino De Pace,Sentieri Selvaggi)

 

AWARDS

1970 Berlinale: Premio Interfilm Award, Special Prize of the Journalists

1971 David di Donatello Awards: Best Film

1972 Oscar: Nominated for Best Screenplay