Il conformista (The Conformist)
|Publication Date||September 2012|
|Publisher||British Film Institute|
|Series||BFI Film Classics|
Bernardo Bertolucci's Il conformista (The Conformist) (1970), a political drama set
in Mussolini's Fascist Italy, is widely recognised as a masterpiece of post-war
cinema, a classic of Italian and European cinema and an inspiration for many
other film-makers, particularly those of the American New Wave.
Christopher Wagstaff's illuminating study of the film traces its pre-production
and production history, considering how Bertolucci adapted Alberto Moravia's
source novel for the screen. He provides a careful analysis of Il conformista's
formal, stylistic and aesthetic strategies, paying close attention to editing,
lighting and mise en scène, and their contribution to the film's impact. Wagstaff
also addresses debates about the sexual politics of the film and its place in a
wider political and cultural debate about the legacy of fascism.
This special edition of Il conformista is published to celebrate the 20th
anniversary of the BFI Film Classics series.