He grew up in an upper class , perhaps dysfunctional family, and he suffered a major childhood sexual trauma and gun violence episode in which he long believed erroneously that he had killed his chauffeur. It was photographed by Vittorio Storaro , who used rich colors, authentic wardrobe of the s, and a series of unusual camera angles and fluid camera movement. The first American release of the film was trimmed by five minutes compared to the Italian release; the missing scene features a group of blind people having a dance. They were restored in the reissue.
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In the first, Marcello coldly kills several lizards in the yard between his home and the home of his neighbor and friend, Roberto. Marcello is mortified not so much by his actions but by what he perceives as the abnormality of his sentiments. His father ultimately chases his mother around the house and attacks her in the bedroom, leaving Marcello torn between whether to rescue his mother or aid his father.
One day, five classmates follow Marcello home from school and try to force him to wear a skirt, but their attack is interrupted by a chauffeur who happens on the scene and offers to drive Marcello home. En route, the chauffeur appears to proposition Marcello, offering him a pistol in exchange for unspecified actions. The chauffeur, who reveals himself to be a former priest de-frocked for indecent behavior, ultimately stops himself before initiating any actions with Marcello and begs the boy to ignore him if he tries to speak to him again.
When Lino tells Marcello to shoot him, he complies and flees out the window. Part I[ edit ] Part I opens with Marcello, now a state employee of the Italian Fascist government, looking through old newspaper clippings for information on the incident with Lino.
He ultimately finds an obituary that blames the death on an accident during the cleaning of the gun.
While Marcello does not feel true remorse, he does seek some absolution for this incident throughout the novel. A colleague of Marcello named Orlando asks Marcello to participate in a mission to Paris. A former professor of Marcello, named Quadri, is now an anti-fascist agitator, and the Italian government would like to infiltrate his organization.
Marcello is also due to be married shortly to a woman named Giulia, and offers to take his honeymoon in Paris so that his presence there would not be suspicious to Quadri. Marcello also takes confession, despite his apparent atheism, as a prelude to the Catholic wedding his wife expects. He confesses to murdering Lino, and the priest indicates that he can seek absolution if he feels true remorse for his actions — an emotion that Marcello does not appear capable of feeling.
Marcello and his mother make their monthly visit to his father, who neither recognizes them nor even acknowledges their presence. En route to Paris , Marcello makes a scheduled stop at a brothel in a small, unnamed town in France , where he is to meet Agent Orlando for further instructions. At the brothel, Marcello is mistaken for a client, causing him some embarrassment before Orlando arrives to tell him that the new plan is to kill Quadri.
As he is leaving, Marcello realizes he has forgotten his hat, but when he goes to retrieve it, he finds Orlando with his arm around a prostitute to whom Marcello feels a strange attraction. While Anna and Giulia head out shopping, Marcello is accosted by an old man who first mistakes him for a beggar, and then mistakes him for a homosexual or perhaps a prostitute, revisiting the humiliation of the incident with Lino on Marcello.
When the old man refuses to take Marcello back to his hotel, Marcello pulls his gun and demands to be let out of the vehicle. Marcello refuses, and Quadri takes this as a sign of solidarity, as Marcello could have taken the letter and turned it over to the authorities instead.
The epilogue takes place years later, on the night that Mussolini falls from power. The two go out for a drive and walk that evening, and while Giulia tries to convince Marcello to make love to her in a wooded area, a stranger arrives and calls to Marcello by name. Marcello is floored to see that it is Lino. Marcello shows real emotion for the first time in the book when he screams at Lino and blames him for ruining his life by taking his innocence. Lino defends himself by arguing that the loss of innocence is inevitable and is merely a part of the human experience.
This speech leads Marcello to the beginning of acceptance of his own non-conformity. En route, they drive into an air raid, and their car is strafed with bullets. Giulia and the daughter are killed in the first wave, and Marcello falls out of the car, wounded.
Realizing his wife and daughter are dead, he waits for the second wave to return. Major themes[ edit ] Marcello spends the entire novel in a search for what he perceives to be a normal life - normal activities, a normal appearance, normal emotions, and so on. However, he confuses normality with conformity, and in his quest to conform, subjugates his already-repressed emotions.
When the natural course of his life presents him with ethical dilemmas - the assignment to betray Professor Quadri, his attraction to women other than his wife - he is ill-prepared to deal with them. Moravia also intimates a connection between sexual repression and fascism.
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Wikimedia Commons has media related to Il conformista. Il conformista by Alberto Moravia 3 star ratings Quotes from Il conformista. Il conformista by Alberto Moravia. I missed long,deep,meaningful dialogue between characters usually Moravia had expertized in. He is called by Italo, moraviaa blind friend and former Fascist, and asked to meet on the streets. He was the child of a mentally sick father and an emotionally immature mother who both neglected conflrmista. According to the documentary Visions of Light the film is widely praised as a visual masterpiece.
Callisto Cosulich La strategia della pecora, ABC, 12 febbraio Noi che scriviamo non siamo degli spettatori normali e nemmeno degli spettatori anormali, dei filmofagi che vedono due o tre film al giorno. Ne vediamo tre o quattro alla settimana e il dovere professionale ci consiglia il massimo distacco dalla materia trattata. Le notazioni vanno crescendo fino al doppio assassinio nella foresta, scena atroce dove il fascismo appare a viso scoperto. I bei film sono rari.
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Kagor His father ultimately chases conformusta mother around the house and attacks her in the bedroom, leaving Marcello torn between whether to rescue his mother or aid his father. When Lino tells Marcello to shoot him, he complies and flees out morzvia window. When the natural course of his life presents him with ethical dilemmas — the assignment to betray Professor Quadri, his attraction to women other than his wife — he is ill-prepared to deal with them. Marcello shows real emotion for the first time in the book when he screams at Lino and blames him for ruining his life by taking his innocence. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The epilogue takes place years later, on the night that Mussolini falls from power. Possibly the author wished to parallel the control he exerted over life, with that of the Fascist regime of the time.
Not only do they help understand the relationship of an individual to an authoritarian regime, but they also explore existentialist issues that became more pressing in the context of the Second World War and the post-war environment. Whether or not you get to see the film, I recommend that you read this novel. To be honest, during the first half, I wondered whether Moravia had failed to lift his work above the ideas that formed his subject matter. No wonder that it was made into a film.