The Conformist is celebrated for cinematographer Vittorio Storaro's tumbling autumn leaves, but its emotional impact involves a tumbling soul.
| Original Score: 5/5
Ravishing to the eye but less than fully satisfying to the mind.
The movie is pure magic as story, as drama, as photography, as conviction, as everything except its ideas.
Juggling past and present with the same bravura flourish as Welles in Citizen Kane, Bertolucci conjures a dazzling historical and personal perspective.
| Original Score: 5/6
... seems every bit the masterpiece it was when first released by Paramount.
A great film, drunkenly beautiful and deeply disturbing.
As striking as Bertolucci's classic looks, there's even more powerful stuff in the storytelling.
| Original Score: 4/4
An eye-watering testimony to the erstwhile dash of international cinema.
There are excesses in the film, but they are balanced by scenes of such unusual beauty and vitality that I couldn't care less.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
The brilliant mix of ideas, the audacity and originality of approach, the sensualist delight in the ravishing play of light and shadow -- all these remain, as bracing and inspirational as ever.
Storaro and Bertolucci have fashioned a visual masterpiece in The Conformist, with some of the best use of light and shadow ever in a motion picture.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
More like a symphonic poem than a movie. Your breath is taken away by its baroque compositions.