Carl Lostritto
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This is analysis manifest as architecture of Bernardo Bertolucci's Il Conformista, (The Conformist). The scene is rich with overt spatial, human, and political dissonance beginning with the role of architecture as mise-en-scene: Bertolucci uses the outdoor assembly atop Libera's Palazzo dei Congressi in Rome as the location for the insane asylum. A heavily striated space and ruled composition of the film frame correspond to the unnaturally rigid choreography of the initial positions of characters. As the scene unfolds, the characters break away from the force of the space and the frame. Here is a quicktime movie of the original segment(118 seconds)