The Conformist


Opens March 18

Revival House
Bernardo Bertolucci’s international reputation soared with the release of this mature, noir-inflected and richly layered examination of Italy’s fascist history. Jean-Louis Trintgnant plays a man who agrees to assassinate a political enemy but, Hamlet-like, begins to have misgivings. Bertolucci and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro use the camera to evoke moral bankruptcy and the inexorable link between sex, memory and violence. “The most arresting mise-en-scéne ever concocted … the most revelatory experience a fortunate pilgrim will have in a theater (VillageVoice). (Italy, 1970, 108m)
“Proof that cinema was ready to come of age … A great film, drunkenly beautiful and deeply disturbing.” –David Thomson