MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,616 this week

Teorema (1968)

7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 6,666 users  
Reviews: 57 user | 57 critic

A strange visitor in a wealthy family. He seduces the maid, the son, the mother, the daughter and finally the father before leaving a few days after. After he's gone, none of them can ... See full summary »

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 27 titles
created 04 Jan 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 26 Jun 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 44 titles
created 2 months ago
 
a list of 23 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Teorema" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Teorema (1968)

Teorema (1968) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Teorema.
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An old man and his son are walking along the road when they suddenly meet a speaking crow, which represents Marxist beliefs. They are soon moved back 750 years in time, changed into monks ... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Totò, Ninetto Davoli, Femi Benussi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to a hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Pasolini's artistic, sometimes violent, always vividly cinematic retelling of some of Chaucer's most erotic tales.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Hugh Griffith, Laura Betti, Ninetto Davoli
The Decameron (1971)
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An adaptation of nine stories from Boccaccio's "Decameron".

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, Jovan Jovanovic
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In this film inspired by the ancient erotic and mysterious tales of the Middle East, the main story concerns an innocent young man who comes to fall in love with a slave who selected him as... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Ninetto Davoli, Franco Citti, Franco Merli
Oedipus Rex (1967)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In pre-war Italy, a young couple have a baby boy. The father, however, is jealous of his son - and the scene moves to antiquity, where the baby is taken into the desert to be killed. He is ... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Silvana Mangano, Franco Citti, Alida Valli
Medea (1969)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

To win the kingdom his uncle took from his father, Jason must steal the golden fleece from the land of barbarians, where Medea is royalty and a powerful sorceress, where human sacrifice ... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Maria Callas, Massimo Girotti, Laurent Terzieff
Porcile (1969)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two dramatic stories. In an undetermined past, a young cannibal (who killed his own father) is condemned to be torn to pieces by some wild beasts. In the second story, Julian, the young son... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Pierre Clémenti, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Alberto Lionello
Mamma Roma (1962)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Mamma Roma is a middle-aged whore of Roma. Now she can quit her job to become a fruit seller. And she can take back her 16-year-old son, Ettore. For him, she dreams of a good position. But ... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Anna Magnani, Ettore Garofolo, Franco Citti
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The life of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of Matthew. Pasolini shows Christ as a marxist avant-la-lettre and therefore uses half of the text of Matthew.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso, Susanna Pasolini
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

While scouting locations for his classic "The Gospel According to St. Matthew", director Pier Paolo Pasolini noticed that filming in the actual site of the story, in Palestine, wouldn't be ... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: don Andrea Carraro, Pier Paolo Pasolini
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An attempt to reconstruct the complete version of Pier Paolo Pasolini's segment of La rabbia (1963).

Directors: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Giuseppe Bertolucci
Stars: Giorgio Bassani, Renato Guttuso, Giuseppe Bertolucci
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Lucia, the mother
...
...
Paolo, the father
...
Odetta, the daughter
Laura Betti ...
Emilia, the servant
Andrés José Cruz Soublette ...
Pietro, the son
...
Angelino - the Messenger
Carlo De Mejo ...
Boy
Adele Cambria ...
Emilia - the second servant
Luigi Barbini ...
Boy at the station
Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia ...
Second boy (as Ivan Scratuglia)
Alfonso Gatto ...
Doctor
Edit

Storyline

A strange visitor in a wealthy family. He seduces the maid, the son, the mother, the daughter and finally the father before leaving a few days after. After he's gone, none of them can continue living as they did. Who was that visitor ? Could he be God ? Written by Yepok

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

There are only 923 words spoken in "Teorema" - but it says everything!

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

7 September 1968 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Teorema  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cinema release) (1971)

Sound Mix:

Color:

| (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Second part of Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Mythical Cycle" also including Oedipus Rex (1967), Porcile (1969) and Medea (1969). See more »

Quotes

Lucia, the mother: Who is that boy?
See more »

Connections

Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: La monnaie de l'absolu (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Requiem
  • KV 626



Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Russian Academy Choir and Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Courtesy of MK Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Unmasking the unbearable emptiness of bourgeois life...
27 April 2000 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

...or so this film would have you think. Is capitalism really a dreamworld, our rôles and possessions merely shabby window dressing? What happened when it is all swept away?

Like the inhabitants of Plato's cave, a well-to-do Italian family is shown that the lives they lead are inauthentic and shallow. But where to turn when you find out that the life you led has been a fraud? Religion? Sex? Art?

All compelling questions, even moreso now, thirty plus years on from when this film was made. Capitalism has managed to adapt to every criticism and become more subtle, its spectacles enveloping us in a cradle to grave ocean of images and brands, all of which can give meaning and backfill those empty spaces, and all at a reasonable price. Thus, it is compelling to consider what might happen to someone who has this value-giving process shattered.

Alas, compelling philosophical questions do not a good film make. Besides its mighty technical limitations (including bad camera work, terrible editing and lousy blocking) Teorema doesn't deliver.

The characters are (with the exception of Stamp) absences rather than presences. That their lives are torn apart doesn't really matter to us because these people never meant anything to us anyways. Perhaps the aim was to present them as everyfolk, to say, "this could be you", but from such generalities there is little for us to hang our emotions on.

Stamp is the catalyst for all of these changes, and although we have as little impression of his character, his stare and his seductive energy set him apart. Alone amongst the characters (until he awakens them) he acts upon the world. He is the best thing about this often dull movie, transforming the family members in a manner that is sexy yet not explicit (one of the few things the movie pulls off).

Grainy colour. Italian w/ English subtitles. Rating: 3 out of 10. (flawed)


21 of 36 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A REALLY BAD BAD MOVIE ... bilcol
Uncensored Version Ed-176
I didn't got it picasims
is it out on dvd (any region) Coert
can anyone name a song appearing in this film? cmgs-1
where are these lines from? eishsdhana
Discuss Teorema (1968) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?