Soul of a fascist
THE CONFORMIST Irish Film Institute, Dublin Today-Thurs www.irishfilm.ie
Rereleased today in a restored version, The Conformist (1970) is one of the great achievements of Italian cinema and the outstanding film in the career of Bernardo Bertolucci, who was only 29 and had directed just three features when he made it. A riveting psychological thriller adapted from an Alberto Moravia novel, The Conformist is set in the late 1930s. Jean-Louis Trintignant (pictured left) is hypnotic as a repressed man traumatised by a sexual incident in his youth and marrying a woman (Stefania Sandrelli) he does not love. Working as an undercover agent for the Fascists, he is on honeymoon in Paris when he is assigned to assassinate his former professor, whose wife (Dominique Sanda) is drawn to Sandrelli.
Featuring superb performances, this rich, fascinating film is stylishly photographed by Vittorio Storaro and accompanied by a gorgeous, haunting Georges Delerue score. I envy audiences savouring this masterpiece for the first time.