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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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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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Additional Details

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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Did You Know?

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 »
[repeated line]
Giulia:You're disgusting.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Indie Sex: Extremes (2007) (TV)See more »
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An silly and embarrassing film that has its moments, 26 December 2011
Author: Rodrigo Amaro ( from São Paulo, Brazil

If only this could have a decent story to make us more interested than just seeing an bizarre love story between a horny teenager and a beautiful and somewhat problematic woman. The problem is that "Diavolo in Corpo" ("Devil in the Flesh") begins well but ends so weak that there isn't much positive things to be said after this, and not even its most infamous moment deserves so much credit. It's a lifeless film that knows how to tease its viewers with a highly sensual and erotic story that grabs them all with an explicit sex scene, concluding with an absurd and ridiculous ending.

Nonetheless, somehow this has some good merits. Director Marco Bellocchio (from the great "Good Morning, Night") surely cast two interesting and beautiful stars for his love story; their acting abilities goes in between good and ferociously bad. Maruschka Detmers is very wild and sexy as the lady who tempts the life of the bello ragazzo Federico Pitzalis (amazingly his only screen credit), a young student deeply in love with her. The plot goes into show us that she's waiting her fianceé to be released from jail, arrested after his involvement in political activities against the government. The rest is a bunch of low and uninteresting surprises.

It's very unbelievable the romance between the boy and the woman, I mean, everything is so colorful, happy and happens too fast; sure they have problems, she's completely nuts and has some hysterical attacks, but there isn't much time to look deep into all that. These things might work but only if we're talking about fanfics (and sometimes they're better written than many films out there).

Those who complained about the film being difficult to follow I wonder how are they treating their brain. This is very easy to follow, the story has a good pace; it's just not that interesting except for the sex scenes. And those scenes are the highlight of this film, that's why people know about it and the reason why they give a try for it. Well, they're well filmed and very exciting. Now, about the famous scene where Detmers performs oral sex in Federico, it isn't so special if you've seen the one of "Brown Bunny" for instance. But it is real, and it's not that dark as many tend to say, it's clearly visible (if only that beautiful boy had a bigger product, if you know what I mean).

I don't know what ruined this film for me, if it was the awful soundtrack (it really hurts the ears) or the director's pretense in trying to make some political statements that simply didn't fit the plot no matter how hard he forced that on us. See it for yourself, kill your curiosity and like it or not. We all go a little silly, sometimes! And that's why films like this have a surprising ability to be viewed even almost 30 years of its making. 5/10

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