Psychology of a Liberal Fascist
Reviewed by actingoutpolitics for The Conformist at 2010-07-21 19:47:20
BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI?S ?CONFORMIST? (1971)
When we think about ?fascists? we imagine an authoritarian person who crudely believes in extremist political doctrine. But what about the polite, delicate, tolerant and rational fascists? Do they exist? Bertolucci?s ?Conformist? shows a person with a liberal sensibility, intellectual sophistication and existential taste as a collaborator with a despotic and ruthless political power and analyzes the reasons for this spiritual surrender (including not so much sexual traumas from his childhood [although represented quite elaborately and meaningfully] as a dream about social recognition as an ultimate proof of personal value). According to Bertolucci, inferiority complex feeds conformism.
Find the article about Marcello Clerichi and his personal and social relations ?Psychology of Conformism during Totalitarian Historical Periods?(posted in Sept., 2009) [including the analysis of screen shots from Bertolucci?s film at: