- Thursday, October 20, 2011 7:00 p.m.
Considered to be Bernardo Bertolucci’s masterpiece, the film tracks a rising young follower of Mussolini who must assassinate his former professor, now in political exile, to demonstrate his loyalty to the fascist state. Bertolucci seduces us with gilded images of a decadent society, featuring a luscious Art Deco look created by production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti. He equates the rise of Italian fascism with the psychosexual life of his protagonist for whom conformity becomes an obsession after a traumatic homosexual experience in his youth. (35mm)