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Italian Film

Thu, September 25, 2008 • 8:00 PM • MEZ BO.306 100 (basement)

Il conformista (The Conformist, 1970) is a political film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. The screenplay was written by Bertolucci based on the novel The Conformist (1951) by Alberto Moravia. The film features Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, among others.

The drama serves as an analysis of the Fascist mentality which explores a sexual motivation. Marcello Clerici is an Italian coward who spends his life accommodating others and joins the Italian Fascist party as a way of disappearing into the crowd so that he can "belong." Bertolucci makes use of the 1930s art and decor associated with the Fascist mentality and era: the middle-class drawing rooms and the huge halls of the ruling elite.

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