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Teorema (1968)

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 »

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Cast

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Lucia, the mother
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Paolo, the father
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Odetta, the daughter
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Emilia, the servant
Andrés José Cruz Soublette ...
Pietro, the son
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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
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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

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

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 November 1968 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cinema release) (1971)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

| (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene, the father reads from Leo Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilyich". Later in the garden, the visitor reads from the poetry of Arthur Rimbaud. See more »

Quotes

Lucia, the mother: Who is that boy?
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Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Tears for Dolphy
(uncredited)
by Ted Curson
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a beautiful poem
4 September 2004 | by (Leiden, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is the most gentle and poetic film that Pasolini directed. The characters, the location and the narrative are symbols. Words in poetry can express many emotions, truths and philosophies, and so do the characters in Teorema. The general meaning of this film is open to discussion. In my view The Visitor (Terence Stamp) represents love, and love in this regard can be inspiration, devotion to another person without personal benefit. When The Visitor shows the family another truth, and then abandons them, they are left in dispair, and are unable to return to their former way of living. I think the family represents people living in a capitalist system. Pasolini was a Marxist and he directed this film in 1968, a revolutionary year in which the youth of Western Europe (and a part of Eastern Europe) revolted against their governments and wanted to build a society based on new principles. This is a very relevant film for unpoetic times.


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