The Conformist (re-release)

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100

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7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 56 Ratings

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  • Summary: Set in Rome in the 1930s, this re-release of Bernardo Bertolucci's 1970 breakthrough feature stars Jean-Louis Trintignant as a Mussolini operative sent to Paris to locate and eliminate an old professor who fled Italy when the fascists came to power.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 100
    Even if it weren't in pristine shape for its current re-release, it would still qualify as one of only a handful of films made in the past 30 years that truly deserve to be called great. (Review of 1994 Release)
  2. 100
    The Conformist is a great film, drunkenly beautiful and deeply disturbing.
  3. 100
    Thirty-five years since its debut, The Conformist is still a stunning, challenging, transporting film.
  4. 100
    Masterfully arranged for color, texture, decor and camera fluidity, The Conformist is more like a symphonic poem than a movie. (Review of 1994 Release)
  5. The Conformist has a decadent visual beauty about it that's breathtaking. But as striking as Bertolucci's classic looks, there's even more powerful stuff in the storytelling.
  6. One of the great Bertolucci's most acclaimed films...Trintignant gives a legendary performance.
  7. 88
    Storaro and Bertolucci have fashioned a visual masterpiece in The Conformist, with some of the best use of light and shadow ever in a motion picture. This isn't just photography, it's art -- powerful, beautiful, and effective. (Review of 1994 Release)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. PaulE.
    Jun 24, 2007
    10
    Bertolucci's best and one world's best during the 20th Century.
  2. leiris
    Dec 7, 2006
    10
    One of cinema's all time masterpieces.
  3. DavidH.
    Jan 19, 2007
    10
    I saw this when it was being shown as a one-off at my local cinema (was unavailable elsewhere) and it was one of the greatest experiences at I saw this when it was being shown as a one-off at my local cinema (was unavailable elsewhere) and it was one of the greatest experiences at the cinema of my life. Sardonic humour, absorbing characters, beautifully filmed, with perhaps the most harrowing murder sequence I've ever seen. I couldn't praise this film anymore. Expand
  4. GB
    Mar 24, 2008
    9
    Evokes Arendt's 'The Banality of Evil.' Loved the scenes where you get into the character's head without the need for Evokes Arendt's 'The Banality of Evil.' Loved the scenes where you get into the character's head without the need for dialogue or voice-over (eg, the scene where he watches a piece of luggage threatening to fall on his wife's head and does nothing about it). The scene where he abandons the Dominique Sanda character to her fate is unforgettable. Much has been said about the cinematography and the use of light: a little unsubtle for me: too obviously symbolist. A masterpiece nonetheless. Expand
  5. Apr 22, 2016
    9
    The Conformist is another example of how we take films and make them great. I can't wait to spread the word about this to other people so theyThe Conformist is another example of how we take films and make them great. I can't wait to spread the word about this to other people so they can see it. Expand
  6. Feb 19, 2016
    8
    The Conformist can be quite slow, but it more than makes up for this with some serious production value. From the shot construction, framing,The Conformist can be quite slow, but it more than makes up for this with some serious production value. From the shot construction, framing, and lighting, the cinematography is pure perfection. The score is fantastic and really captures the feeling of the film very well. The production design and costume design are also both exemplary and capture the essence of the era. For the rest of the film, it does not rise to the level of these production values. However, due to its setting in Rome during and after the time of Mussolini's reign, it truly makes for a captivating background. The story as a whole as it unfolds is riveting and, though it can be tough to follow at times, really keeps you engrossed throughout. There are quite a few moving parts and it requires some historical knowledge of the era, but all that said, The Conformist is a phenomenal work from Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci. One of the most beautifully shot films around, The Conformist is a true piece of cinematic art. Expand
  7. Jan 10, 2011
    0
    Quite honestly one of the most boring and pointless films you will ever see. You will hate ever minute of it's pointless meandering plot. ThisQuite honestly one of the most boring and pointless films you will ever see. You will hate ever minute of it's pointless meandering plot. This is a movie that critics and film academics have to enjoy to be allowed to attend each other's wine parties. Expand

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