The Conformist

Selected by the Production Design Branch. Special guest: Introduction by Cloudia Rebar - set decorator.

Selected by the Production Design Branch. 

Writer-director Bernardo Bertolucci’s internationally acclaimed adaptation of Alberto Moravia’s 1951 novel casts Jean-Louis Trintignant as an emotionally unstable fascist in 1930s Italy planning the murder of his former professor. The first feature film collaboration between Bertolucci, cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, and art director Ferdinando Scarfiotti, The Conformist is one of Bertolucci’s most powerful and visually stunning films, with Scarfiotti making use of authentic fascist-era architecture to help evoke the period and the protagonist’s twisted psyche.  

DIRECTED BY: Bernardo Bertolucci. WRITTEN BY: Bernardo Bertolucci. WITH: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moschin, Pierre Clémenti. 1971. 113 min. Italy/France. Color. Italian, French. Rated R. DCP.

This program is made possible by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Program in Public Understanding of Science and Technology.
Academy Museum film programming generously funded by the Richard Roth Foundation. 
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