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The Conformist (UK) in February

Arrow Academy have announced the UK Dual Format Edition release of The Conformist on 27th February 2012. At the peak of his creative powers the 29-year-old Bernardo Bertolucci eschewed the influence of mentor Jean-Luc Godard and partnered up with Vittorio Storaro and developed his own style for one of the most visually dazzling, politically and psychologically intriguing – and possibly greatest – of all Italian films.

Told in a non-linear structure the story begins in Rome, 1938. Marcello (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is a young fascist who takes on the job of assassinating his former professor who has fled to Paris. With his wife (Stefania Sandrelli) in tow, he meets the professor and his young wife (Dominique Sanda), with whom he begins to fall in love.

Features include:

  • Blu-ray Region B | DVD PAL Region 2
  • High Definition Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the film
  • HD restoration supervised by Director of Photography Vittorio Storaro in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio
  • Original Mono 2.0 Audio [LPCM uncompressed on the Blu-ray]
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio commentary with Italian cinema expert David Forgacs
  • Feature length documentary ‘Bernardo Bertolucci: Reflections on Cinema’ directed by Sandro Lai on Bertolucci’s career with on-set archive material and interviews
  • A comprehensive booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by critic Michael Atkinson a re-printed interview with Bernardo Bertolucci from 1971 and Bertolucci’s thoughts on filmmaking, illustrated with original stills.

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