Bernardo Bertolucci’s "Il Conformista:" 50 Years Later

The year 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of a landmark Italian film, Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Il Conformista” (The Conformist) (1970). It is appropriate in the light of recent political events in America to celebrate the importance of this film, its themes and its continuing relevance for our time.

“Il Conformista” is a study of the clash between political and social belief systems. It explores how early repressed formative experiences in one’s life can shape a personality and lead ultimately to critical trauma in adulthood. The overriding desire on the

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