What makes a film a classic? In this video series, film scholar Bruce Isaacs looks at a classic film and analyses its brilliance.
Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist, released in 1970, came out of this stunning era of Italian filmmaking.
Each frame of this film is a masterclass in cinematography, editing and design. Yet, the director breaks all the rules to challenge our expectations about what cinema can be.
In the opening shots, Marcello visits his mother’s villa. But with his unusual framing and coverage of space, Bertolucci creates a very different opening sequence.
Thanks to Shelagh Stanton (Digital Media, University of Sydney) for editing and mixing the audio.
Bruce Isaacs does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.
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