Like Bertolucci’s The Conformist

The Conformist is a film by Bernardo Bertolucci that for all its political subject matter is an astonishingly beautiful film to watch. I have never forgotten the chase scene through the woods that was probably shot at dusk using available light. It is a scene also reminiscent of Barry Lyndon for that particular technical reason. Unfortunately, I have not been able to locate a clip on the net. In any case, this picture feels to me like it captures the same dusklike qualities  in Bertolucci’s film while maybe summoning up possibilities from Hitchcock or David Lynch, et al.

And, of course, there is that debt that everyone who has ever taken any kind of picture must acknowledge –  Eugene Atget.

Might as well throw in my all time favorite history of photography quote

“Atget didn’t know he was Atget”   W. Howard Adams


Taken on the Verdun waterfront in December, 2016 as part of my L’automne project.


And found this clip that does not show the scene I want but gives a good idea of the visual extravaganza this film provides.


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