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Tuesday, 17 November 2015 at 7.15pm
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  • Period drama
  • 1970
  • Italy/France/West Germany
  • Colour
  • 111 mins.
 
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Marcello Clerici, a member of Mussolini's secret police, travels to Paris on his honeymoon with orders to assassinate his former college professor, an outspoken political refugee. But Marcello's loyalty is tested when he is attracted to the professor's young wife, challenging his need to belong to the ruling party, a desire that will ultimately lead to his downfall. Bertolucci's stylish direction, Trintignant's strong central performance and Vittorio Storaro's sumptuous camerawork create an edgy and beautifully crafted film, reflecting a dark chapter in Italian history.

Director:

 
Bernardo Bertolucci

Cinematographer:

 
Vittorio Storaro

Screenplay:

 
Bernardo Bertolucci, from a novel by Alberto Moravia

Cast:

 
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moscheen, Enzo Tarascio, Pierre Clémenti, Dominique Sanda, Christian Elegny

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