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The Conformist

Released 1971
Distributor Kino Lorber/Raro

Bernardo Bertolucci’s glamorously beautiful investigation into the ugly nature of fascism (both political and emotional) is one of the great movies of the 70’s.  Set in the early 30’s, Jean-Louis Trintignant stars as a hired killer working for a clandestine fascist organization who finds himself ordered to assassinate a friend. Bertolucci’s hypnotic, seductive camera movements, combined with his new wave sensibilities, established him as a force to be reckoned with. The ravishing cinematography is by Vittorio Storaro and Georges Delerue composed the elegiac score.

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About Dan Ireland

Dan Ireland loved movies of all shapes, sizes, genres and formats. As co-founder (and co-director) of The Seattle International Film Festival and Co-Artistic Director of The Louisiana International Film Festival, Dan produced over 15 movies including John Huston’s final film, The Dead, and Bernard Rose’s Paperhouse. He made his directorial debut in 1996 with the award winning The Whole Wide World starring Vincent D’Onofrio and a then unknown Renee Zellweger. His other directorial credits include Passionada, Mrs. Palfrey at The Claremont, starring Dame Joan Plowright and E.L. Doctorow’s Jolene, which launched the career of actress Jessica Chastain. What was to be Dan's next project, Mr. Lively, fell apart mere weeks before its scheduled production, a month before his passing on April 14, 2016.

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