Case study

Il Conformista

The Conformist is a political drama directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. The screenplay was written by Bertolucci, is based on the 1951 novel of the same name by Alberto Moravia. The film was a co-production between Italian, French, and West German film companies. This is the number-two longseller in France, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and United States in the period 2008-2017.

Director:
Bernardo Bertolucci
Writer/s:
Bernardo Bertolucci, Lee Kresel
Cast:
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Dominique Sanda, Gastone Moschin, Fosco Giachetti, Yvonne Sanson, Pierre Clémenti, Orso Maria Guerrini
Producer/s:
Mars Film [IT], Marianne Production [FR], Maran Film [DE]
Release date:
July 1, 1970
International releases:
West Germany Jul 1, 1970 (Berlin International Film Festival)
United States Sept 18, 1970 (New York Film Festival)
United States Oct 22, 1970
United Kingdom Dec 1970 (London Film Festival)
Italy Dec 7, 1970 (Saint Vincent) (premiere)
Italy Jan 29, 1971 (Milan)
Italy Feb 5, 1971 (Turin)
France Feb 17, 1971
Italy Mar 25, 1971 (Rome)
West Germany Apr 16, 1971
Soviet Union Jul 1971 (Moscow Film Festival)
Argentina Sept 23, 1971
Denmark Nov 1, 1971
Finland Dec 31, 1971
Sweden Feb 28, 1972
Uruguay Mar 23, 1972
Japan Sept 2, 1972
Belgium Oct 6, 1972 (Gent)
West Germany Dec 28, 1972 (TV premiere)
Hungary June 14, 1973
Czechoslovakia Jul 20, 1973
Poland Nov 24, 1974
East Germany Mar 27, 1975 (TV premiere)
Spain June 17, 1975
Portugal Sept 24, 1988 (TV premiere)
Switzerland Aug 1993 (Locarno Film Festival) (restored version)
United Kingdom Feb 4, 1994 (re-release)
Japan Dec 21, 1996 (re-release)
Germany Sept 25, 1997 (re-release)
United Kingdom Feb 29, 2008 (re-release)
Greece Sept 29, 2008 (re-release)
Greece Oct 31, 2010 (Panorama of European Cinema)
Russia June 27, 2011 (Moscow Film Festival)
Italy Aug 28, 2011 (re-release)
Philippines Nov 10, 2011 (Italian Film Festival)
United States Dec 7, 2012 (New York Film Forum) (re-release)
United States Jul 14, 2014 (Maine International Film Festival)
Netherlands Oct 2, 2014 (restored version)
France Nov 4, 2015 (re-release) (restored version)
Switzerland Aug 5, 2016 (Locarno Film Festival) (restored version)
Japan Mar 13, 2017 (Cinema Neo+Classico Italia)
Distributors:
Paramount Films of Italy [IT] – (1970) Theatrical
Paramount Pictures [US] – (1970) Theatrical
Cinema International Corporation (CIC)[AR] – (1971) Theatrical
Cinema International Corporation (CIC)[DE] – (1971) Theatrical
Cinema International Corporation (CIC)[FI] – (1971) Theatrical
Cinema International Corporation (CIC)[FR] – (1971) Theatrical
Curzon Film Distributors [GB] – (1971) Theatrical
Cinema International Corporation (CIC)[DK] – (1971) Theatrical
Cinema International Corporation (CIC)[ES] – (1971) Theatrical
Cinema International Corporation (CIC)[JP] – (1972) (English short version) Theatrical
Cesáreo González Producciones Cinematográficas [ES] – (1975) All media
Paramount Home Video [US] – (1982)(English short version) VHS
Contemporary Films [GB] – (1994) (re-release) Theatrical
Potential Films [AU] – (1995) Theatrical
Euro Space [JP] – (1996) (remastered complete version) Theatrical
Amuse Video [JP] – (1997) DVD
Paramount Home Video [CA] – (2006) DVD
Paramount Home Video [US] – (2006)(remastered version) DVD
British Film Institute (BFI) [GB] – (2008)(re-release) Theatrical
Rosebud [GR] – (2008) (re-issue) Theatrical
Homescreen [NL] – (2010) DVD
Raro Video [IT] – (2011) DVD | Blu-ray
Kinokuniya [JP] – (2012) DVD
Arrow Video [GB] – (2012) DVD | Blu-ray
Kino Lorber [US] – (2014) (subtitled) (re-release) Theatrical
Eye Film Instituut [NL] – (2014) (digitally restored version) Theatrical
Raro Video [US] – (2014) DVD | Blu-ray
Les Acacias [FR] – (2015) (re-release) Theatrical