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Release Date:
22 May 1987 (USA) See more »
An Italian high school student becomes infatuated with a woman he sees outside his class window. Her... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Wonderful film disrupted by an unnecessary sex scene See more (17 total) »


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Directed by
Marco Bellocchio 
Writing credits
Marco Bellocchio (story) &
Enrico Palandri (story)

Marco Bellocchio (screenplay)

Ennio De Concini (screenplay collaboration)

Raymond Radiguet  novel (uncredited)

Produced by
Leo Pescarolo .... producer
Stéphane Sorlat .... co-producer
Original Music by
Carlo Crivelli 
Cinematography by
Giuseppe Lanci 
Film Editing by
Mirco Garrone 
Production Design by
Andrea Crisanti 
Costume Design by
Lina Nerli Taviani 
Makeup Department
Luciana Maria Costanzi .... hair stylist (as Luciana Costanzi)
Cesare Paciotti .... makeup artist
Production Management
Angelo Barbagallo .... production manager
Stefano Bolzoni .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marzio Casa .... first assistant director
Roberta Colombo .... assistant director
Art Department
Ferdinando Codognotto .... sculptures
Maria Cristina Pedri .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Tonino Anastasi .... sound mixer
Luciano Anzellotti .... sound effects editor
Massimo Anzellotti .... sound effects editor
Liliana Drago .... dubbing assistant
Tullio Petricca .... boom operator
Marco Streccioni .... sound engineer
Alessandro Zanon .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruno Bruni .... still photographer
Fabio Conversi .... camera operator
Luigi Conversi .... first assistant camera
Fabio De Meis .... electrician
Riccardo Serravalli .... grip
Fabrizio Vicari .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Giorgio Armani .... costumes: Maruschka Detmers
Maria Rita Barbera .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Lucia Deidda .... assistant editor
Antonella Gazzola .... assistant editor
Antonella Macchi .... assistant editor
Rita Triunveri .... assistant editor
Other crew
Fabiola Banzi .... production secretary
Anna Cesareni .... voice dubbing: Maruschka Detmers
Lucilla Clementelli .... continuity
Franco Penna .... production accountant
Massimo Fagioli .... dedicatee

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Also Known As:
"Diavolo in corpo" - Italy (original title)
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114 min | Germany:110 min (cut) | Argentina:112 min (cut)
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Controversial as the first major film in recent memory to feature a well-known, mainstream actress performing an unsimulated sex act on screen. Maruschka Detmers later expressed some regret at the scene because she said it overshadowed her other accomplishments.See more »
Giulia:What's wrong?
Giulia:Hey what's wrong? You're already tired of me?
Andrea:No. It's nothing, just that I had a little argument with my father.
Giulia:What did he say?
Andrea:He's angry that we're seeing each other.
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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful film disrupted by an unnecessary sex scene, 28 September 2009
Author: GleamingMemory

I'll be quick to address the matters of the film here: It was a very engaging story about the destructive qualities about all-consuming passions; a young Italian woman who cannot emotionally connect with her jailed political-radical fiancé (due in part to her apolitical attitudes and freewheeling approach to life) finds solace and passion in a new young lover whom she embarks on an explicitly sexual relationship with. The anxieties, rage, tenderness and passions that swirl around in the atmosphere of the story equal the dispassionate quiet that seems to engulf the two leads. It lends the film an unsettling mood that permeates through all the political strife that is otherwise lost on the viewer (unless you have a deep knowledge of Italian politics during the 80's). I found the film compelling...what ruined it somewhat is a gratuitous oral sex scene that the actress performs on the male isn't simulated and leaves little to the imagination. There are other scenes of sex in the film, which I do feel were necessary because they outline the madness and loneliness that the characters live in. But the oral sex scene, I feel, derails the focus on the actual story. It was smooth sailing up until that point and once the infamous sex scene appears (which caused much hoopla back in its day), it's like hitting a roadblock. It's jarring and unnecessary and I am in the camp that believes that the film would not have been harmed any if the scene had been removed from it. And what's unfortunate is that this particular scene may deter people from watching this intriguing film, which I believe is worth a viewing because there is so much going on underneath the surface, emotions and further turmoils layered in the subtext.

Overall: Wonderful film hampered by a much not-needed sex scene.

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