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Il Conformista (The Conformist)

Il Conformista (The Conformist)

2012 marked the 20th anniversary of the BFI Film Classics book series. To celebrate, BFI Publishing (at Palgrave Macmillan) produced 12 limited edition reissues of original titles (including The Wizard of Oz by Salman Rushdie, Citizen Kane by Laura Mulvey, and Singin’ in the Rain by Peter Wollen) alongside some brand new additions (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Eric Smoodin, The Conformist by Christopher Wagstaff, and La Règle du jeu by V.F. Perkins).

New covers were commissioned for each, with the publishing team seeking out talented contemporary artists to give these iconic films a new visual interpretation. Each designer was presented with a copy of the book and a DVD of the relevant film, and asked to produce a cover that conveyed the essence of the movie’s themes and motifs.

Eda Akaltun was chosen to illustrate the cover for Il Conformista, by Christopher Wagstaff. She used printmaking and collage techniques to create her striking design.