To impress his Fascist friends Marcello plans to assassinate his former professor now considered a subversive. A blend of thriller psychological portrait and political parable The Conformist found Bertolucci on peak form and the resulting stylistic tour de force paved the way for the likes of Scorsese Schrader and Michael Mann. Special Features: HD restoration supervised by Director of Photography Vittorio Storaro in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio Original Mono 2.0 Audio Audio commentary with Italian cinema expert David Forgacs Feature length documentary... 'Bernardo Bertolucci: Reflections on Cinema' directed by Sandro Lai on Bertolucci's career with on-set archive material and interviews Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork A comprehensive booklet featuring: Brand new writing on the film by critic Michael Atkinson Re-printed interview with Bernardo Bertolucci from 1971 Bertolucci's thoughts on filmmaking illustrated with original stills [show more]
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Bernardo Bertolucci directs this powerful psychological thriller, considered by many to be his masterpiece. Jean-Louis Trintignant stars as Marcello Clerici, a weak-willed young Italian who, owing in part to the torment of his repressed homosexuality, is desperate to appear normal to the outside world. To this end, he joins Mussolini's fascist party as an undercover agent and undertakes to assassinate his former university professor (Enzo Tarascio), a left-wing political dissident who has fled fascist Italy for Paris. Arriving in Paris to carry out his deadly assignment while on honeymoon with his bride Giulia (Stefania Sandrelli), Marcello discovers that the professor is now married to the dangerously seductive Anna (Dominique Sanda), whose unfettered bohemianism and bisexuality hypnotise him even as they throw his own pallid conformism into stark relief.