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The Conformist Details


The conformist is 1930s Italian Marcello Clerici (Jean-Louis Trintignant), a coward who has spent his life accommodating others so that he can "belong." Marcello agrees to kill a political refugee, on orders from the Fascist government, even though the victim-to-be is his college mentor. The film is a character study of the kind of person who willingly "conforms" to the ideological fashions of his day. In this case, director Bernardo Bertolucci suggests that Marcello's desire to conform is rooted in his latent homosexuality. In addition to its strong storyline, the film is critically revered for the astonishing production design by Nedo Azzini, which, together with Vittorio Storaro's camerawork, recreates the atmosphere of Fascist Italy with some of the most complex visual compositions ever seen on film, filled with highly stylized uses of angles, shapes, and shadows. The Conformist was cut by five crucial minutes when first released in the US; those missing moments were restored in the 1994 reissue. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 22, 1970


Awarded by
Berlin International Film Festival Bernardo Bertolucci Film Presented 1970 Nominee
National Society of Film Critics Bernardo Bertolucci Best Director 1971 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bernardo Bertolucci Best Adapted Screenplay 1971 Nominee


Jean-Louis Trintignant
as Marcello Clerici
Dominique Sanda
as Anna Quadri
Pierre Clémenti
as Pasqualino Semirama
Stefania Sandrelli
as Giulia
Gastone Moschin
as Manganiello
Pasquale Fortunato
as Marcello as a child
Enzo Tarascio
as Prof. Quadri
Jose Quaglio
as Italo
Yvonne Sanson
as Giulia's mother
Fosco Giachetti
as Colonel
Benedetto Benedetti
as Minister
Christian Alegny
as Raoul
Giuseppe Addobbati
as Marcello's father
Orso Maria Guerrini
Alessandro Haber
as Cieco ubriaco
Antonio Maestri
as Priest
Luciano Rossi
Massimo Sarchielli
as Cieco
Luigi Antonio Guerra
Massimo Sarchielli
as Cieco
Alessandro Haber
as Cieco ubriaco
Christian Alegny
as Raoul
Giuseppe Addobbati
as Marcello's father
Antonio Maestri
as Priest


Bernardo Bertolucci
Maurizio Lodi-Fe
Giovanni Bertolucci
Alberto Moravia
Book Author
Bernardo Bertolucci
Vittorio Storaro
Georges Delerue
Composer (Music Score)
Franco Arcalli
Ferdinando Scarfiotti
Production Designer
Nedo Azzini
Art Director
Nedo Azzini
Set Designer
Gitt Magrini
Costume Designer