Teorema (1968)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB

Italy, 1968.  Aetos Produzioni Cinematografiche.  Screenplay by Pier Paolo Pasolini, based on his novel.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

If an Italian movie that spends most of its time focusing on a young Terence Stamp‘s tightly-panted crotch is your idea of a good time, and it should be, go right ahead and rent this obscure but interesting film by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Stamp plays a mysterious guest who stays with a bourgeois family and turns them all upside down with sexual fury. The head of the household () is inspired to turn socialist, the uptight wife () becomes a nymphomaniac, the maid (, who won Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival) becomes a holy miracle worker, the son comes clean about his sexuality and becomes an artist, and the daughter goes permanently catatonic. We’d all like to know what Mr. Stamp is packing under his belt and perhaps find out if it can be bottled.  Pasolini’s stoic direction contains very little dialogue but plenty of gorgeous, mesmerizing images. It’s not for all tastes, but fans of the enigmatic director will enjoy it.

The Criterion Collection:  #1013

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