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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Il conformista (The Conformist)

ISBN 9781844573691
Publication Date September 2012
Formats Paperback 
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.

CHRISTOPHER WAGSTAFF is a senior ;ecturer in the Department of Italian at the University of Reading, UK. His interests include futurist art and literature, and the media in twentieth-century Italy. His principal area of expertise is the cinema industry in Italy, on which he has lectured and published extensively, both in this country and abroad. He is at present working on a study of post-war Italian cinema. He is the author of Italian Neo-Realist Cinema: An Aesthetic Approach (University of Toronto Press, 2008).

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