October 2021

Shadows of the Psyche: The Conformist

Interview by John Bailey, ASC and Stephen Pizzello Edited by Stephen Pizzello Like Citizen Kane or The Godfather, The Conformist (1970) is a milestone in the history of motion-picture photography. The stunning visuals are the result of a true collaboration between two master filmmakers: director Bernardo Bertolucci, who contributed artful compositions and camera move­ment, and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC, who amplified the story's themes with his exquisite and emotionally eloquent lighting. Set in Italy during 1938, The Conformist focuses on Marcello Clerici (Jean-Louis Trintignant), a Fascist flunky with a psychologically troubling past. During a childhood encounter with a homosexual chauf­feur named Lino (Pierre...more

The Conformist Reflection

John Bailey, ASC

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September 2020

Nothing But A Man: A Movie for All Seasons

When it premiered in 2013 at London’s Southbank Centre, the American racial drama Nothing But A Man was a critical sensation. But this still little-known landmark film was made more than 55 years ago, shot in the heart of the South in the early 1960s by director Michael Roemer and cinematographer Robert M. Young....more


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