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Blind: Minor Films   no photo.
TitleConformist, The (1970)
Alternative/Original TitleIl Conformista
DisabilityBlind Mental
CountryItaly/France/ Germany
Length115
GenreHistorical drama
Rating5
DirectorBernardo Bertolucci
CastJean-Louis Trintignant Stefania Sandrelli Dominique Sanda
NotesIt's difficult to relate the story with its twists and turns and flashbacks. It is in essence the bare bones for a rich study of repressed sexuality and fascist politics. Set in 1930s & 40s Italy. Marcello is a professor who after Mussolini comes to power opportunistically joins the Fascist and the secret police with the help of his blind friend (a radio news reader) And to enhance his conformity he marries the beautiful but vacuous Guila. But then he is asked to assassinate a professor exiled in Paris who used to be Marcello's tutor. Arriving at the professor's home after soliciting an invitation while on his honeymoon Marcello falls for the professor's wife. She though tries to seduce Marcello's wife. The film is dominated by the wonderful photography and the acting especially that of Jean-Louis Trintignant. But credit should also go to Alberto Moravia who wrote the book on which the film is based. Moravia is a more significant writer than often given acknowledged outside of Italy. Marcello's father is in a mental hospital. Marcello's mother is a morphine addict. In one scene Marcello goes to a pre-nuptial party at which everyone is blind. The professor in Paris is supposed to be a hunchback (I'm unclear about my recollection of this). Definitely recommended as a film though not for its involvement with disability.

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