The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
If you molest children, Bertolucci seems to be saying here, they'll grow up as moral husks and destroy society in their quest for normalcy. It might be a slightly odd point, but when the craven young fascist Marcello, for example, goes to visit his morphine-addicted mother at her villa and finds her in bed in a maribou cape and covered in puppies, that's really all you need to know.
This is stunning and sumptuously ironic, like a sticky dream Edward Gorey might have had after reading Yukio Mishima, in a brand new print with six minutes of missing footage added. Treat yourself. Tell your friends it's because you find the subject matter relevant. (August 18, Cinematheque)