The dance macabre (Bertolucci, The Conformist. 1970)

by Chase Kekai November. 16, 2016 267 views

Such. great. cinematography. The cinematography in this movie is so effective it becomes almost a narrative device in the film, using all the elements in the craft to juxtapose all the fascist architecture and dismal dialogue.  The visual texture in this shot exemplifies the underlying tension of the scene, where the quixotic wife dances (awkwardly) by herself, while her husband mentally prepares himself to kill his former teacher.  The Venetian blinds matching her dress stripes takes the hard lighting  motif of film noir to a wholeee new level.

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