in about 100 words or less
Italy 111m, Colour
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci; Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Dominique Sanda, Enzo Tarascio, Gastone Moschin
The birth of fascism in Italy is explored in this remarkable sociopolitical drama which employs a series of flashbacks to tell the story of Marcello Clerici, a man who simply wants to create a “normal” life for himself. Through his life’s experiences we are shown how his personal ethics are tested when he is given the task of assassinating one of his former university professors, and that his desire to “conform” will require that he sacrifice his real values. A dark drama, The Conformist is a cinematic masterpiece that is exquisitely set and photographed (Klaus Ming July 2013).