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Where to Stream Bertolucci’s Restored Masterpiece of Existential Angst ‘The Conformist’

Where to Stream Bertolucci's Restored Masterpiece of Existential Angst 'The Conformist'

If you haven’t seen Bernardo Bertolucci’s ’70s breakthrough “The Conformist,” do yourself a favor and head to Fandor immediately if not sooner.

French arthouse icon Jean-Louis Trintignant headlines this sexy, arty, earthy existential thriller as a weak-willed man inveigled into a plot to assassinate his former professor turned political radical. Painted in rich expressionistic visuals with spectacular flourishes of violence and garish Weimar style by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, “The Conformist” won Bertolucci the Berlin Golden Bear in 1970 before its restoration bowed at Cannes 2011.

After playing the New York Film Festival in 1970, Vincent Canby wrote: “There are excesses in the film, but they are balanced by scenes of such unusual beauty and vitality that I couldn’t care less.” Pauline Kael declared this a “sumptuous, emotionally charged experience… [Bertolucci] moves into the past, as he works in the present, with a lyrical freedom almost unknown in the history of movies.”

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