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While the psychosexual aspects of Bertolucci's Oscar®-nominated screenplay remain dramatically compelling, The Conformist is now better known as a dazzling stylistic breakthrough, with sweeping camera moves, oblique angles, and innovative editing brilliantly applied to Bertolucci's rich themes of internalized conflict. In close collaboration with master cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, Bertolucci crafted one of the greatest films of the 1970s, offered here with its richly relevant "Dance of the Blind" scene fully intact. This five-minute scene was cut from the original American release, then restored for the film's 1994 re-release. It's a welcome enhancement of the film's suspenseful historical context, which is fully explored in three bonus featurettes in which Bertolucci and Storaro discuss the story, production, and innovative style of The Conformist in fascinating detail. For serious collectors of important films, The Conformist is absolutely essential. --Jeff Shannon
Mussolini has brought down the Fascist boot; progressives have fled the country.
I think Bertolucci wanted to make a film that was politically and psychologically significant but also one that was strikingly beautiful.
Bertolucci's The Conformist is one of the most rapturously beautiful films ever made.
Stunning visual images and use of color. Extensive use of irony and repeated incidents, images and background score add to impact.Published 19 days ago by Mario Sewell
My favorite Bertolucchi film. It captures the era so well and makes me fall in love with Paris allover again.
This film and The Last Emperor are Masterpieces.
Great restoration of color and detail, of this masterpiece. Hour interview with Bertolucci is enlightening.Published 1 month ago by Stephen Hendrickson
[This review pertains to the 2014 US Blu Ray edition only.]
I love this film. I have previously owned it on VHS and DVD and I've watched it at least 50 times. Read more
This is an extraordinary film in a beautiful restoration. My only regret is that I only rented, since it is the type of movie you would want to watch many times to fully understand... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dr. Edward P. Childs Jr.
I received this after moving and didn't have a DVD player to watch. Checked it out and it seems to be as described. Will watch it from beginning to end some time soon. Read morePublished 9 months ago by jan primozich