Texas Tech International Film Series presents THE CONFORMIST

Director Bernardo Bertolucci
Year 1970
Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moschin
Rating R
Run Time 111min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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The Texas Tech University International Film Series is a cooperative, campus-wide effort to celebrate the diversity of our planet and promote intercultural understanding through the medium of cinema. We wish to provide logistical and material support to members of the campus community who wish to bring enthusiasm to campus films that meet the goals of the series. Our mission is to provide the Texas Tech University campus and the Lubbock community with regular screenings of international and independent cinema, paired as often as possible with speakers, panels, or roundtables that offer the opportunity to discuss issues raised by the films themselves.

This month's title: THE CONFORMIST (1970)

The first time I saw THE CONFORMIST became the second time immediately.  I had to go back into that world, to discover all that there was to discover again. There are few films that actually deserve to be called a masterpiece or to be viewed a second time; in the case of THE CONFORMIST the praise is almost not enough. The depth of cinematic expression contained in every frame is a constant display of mastery of craft. As a child, director Bernardo Bertolucci had wanted to be a poet, and THE CONFORMIST is a filmic realization of that dream. The poetry of balance between politics, sex, and violence are some of the richest in cinema history, a fundamental theme Bertolucci would return to again and again throughout his storied career. The photography of cinematographer Vittorio Storaro is a nuanced yet equalized approach that conveys the anxiety of film noir and the beauty of the production design, clean and extravagant.

The influence of Jean-Luc Godard on Bertolucci is well documented; Bertolucci idolized the pioneering French Nouvelle Vague filmmaker. However, THE CONFORMIST marks the symbolic end of that relationship in the film’s final act and with it a new birth of filmmaking for Bertolucci. After THE CONFORMIST he would go on to direct the mired-in-controversy LAST TANGO IN PARIS, the overly ambitious 1900, and then - almost again achieving greatness -  THE LAST EMPEROR. However nothing else in his oeuvre can match THE CONFORMIST in raw beauty and purity of cinematic truth. (Paul Allen Hunton)

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