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Il Conformista (The Conformist)

Date:

01/17/2018


Il Conformista (The Conformist)

In Mussolini's Italy, repressed Jean-Louis Trintignant, trying to purge memories of a youthful, homosexual episode--and murder--joins the Fascists in a desperate attempt to fit in. As the reluctant Judas motors to his personal Gethsemane (the assassination of his leftist mentor), he flashes back to a dance party for the blind; an insane asylum in a stadium; and wife Stefania Sandrelli and lover Dominique Sanda dancing the tango in a working class hall. But those are only a few of this political thriller's anthology pieces, others including Trintignant's honeymoon coupling with Sandrelli in a train compartment as the sun sets outside their window; a bimbo lolling on the desk of a fascist functionary, glimpsed in the recesses of his cavernous office; a murder victim's hands leaving bloody streaks on a limousine parked in a wintry forest. Bernardo Bertolucci's masterpiece, adapted from the Alberto Moravia novel, boasts an authentic Art Deco look created by production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti, a score by the great Georges Delerue  and breathtaking color cinematography by Vittorio Storaro. 

Director: Bernando Bertolucci
Italy/France/Germany, 1970, 113 min
Film in Italian and English with English subtitles
 
LOCATION 
Embassy of Italy
3000 Whitehaven St NW
Washington, DC 20008
 

 

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Bernardo Bertolucci

Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director whose films are known for their colorful visual style, was born in Parma, Italy, in 1940. He attended Rome University and, while studying, he served as assistant director for Pier Paolo Pasolini in the film Accattone (1961). He directed his first feature film, The Grim Reaper, in 1962. His second film, Before the Revolution (1964), which was released in 1971, received an Academy Award nomination for best screenplay. Bertolucci also received an Academy Award nomination as best director for Last Tango in Paris (1972), and the best director and best screenplay for the film The Last Emperor (1987), which walked away with nine Academy Awards.

Information

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : Italian Cultural Institute

Entrance : Free - Reservation May Be Required


Location:

Embassy of Italy

973