A political thriller set in Mussolini’s Italy, The Conformist is an incisive portrait of the self-loathing, repressed Marcello who is drawn to Fascism. Aching to fit in in 1938 Rome, he is despatched to Paris to murder his former, anti-fascist college professor. A furious energy is contained in the film’s truly unforgettable scenes: a wedding night on a train, Marcello’s wife Stefania Sandrelli and her lover Dominique Sanda dancing the tango, a limousine ambushed in a wintry forest.

  • Duration: 113
  • Production year: 1970
  • Country: Germany, France, Italy

Bernardo Bertolucci