The Conformist


An italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to assassinate his old teacher.

Italian master Bernardo Bertolucci’s first great movie as director is this intensely cerebral post-noir thriller/ Freudian study. Jean-Louis Trintignant is a repressed fascist agent on his way to assassinate his former mentor; we’re washed away in his memories as we discover how messed up he is.

Hailed as a classic, it’s one of the cornerstones of ’70s European cinema.

The staggering photography is by Vittorio Storaro: Francis Ford Coppola acknowledged it as an influence on The Godfather, and later snapped up Storaro to shoot Apocalypse Now.

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