Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Conformist

A man is forced to arrange the assassination of his former teacher in this beautifully shot drama. Utilizing every technique imaginable, The Conformist is filled with striking, iconic imagery: The crane shot of leaves blowing in the wind, the imaginative use of moving light through venetian blinds, dutch angled street shots, dolly shots in a mental ward with a dramatic black straight-jacket, a beautifully constructed dance hall scene with a seductive tango, and a remarkable handheld scene in a snowy forest. Unfortunately, I'm not as familiar with the Italian history of Fascism in Italy during the early 20th century as I should be.

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