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Marco Bellocchio (story) &
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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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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 | West Germany:107 min (cut) (25 fps) | Argentina:112 min (cut)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Canada:R (Ontario) | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 | Iceland:12 | Italy:VM18 | Portugal:M/16 | USA:X | USA:R (cut) | USA:Unrated (uncut version) (DVD) | West Germany:16 (cut version) | West Germany:18 (w) (uncut version)
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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 »
[repeated line]
Giulia:You're disgusting.
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
Body On FireSee more »


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18 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
See it alone and bring a towel, 1 January 2000
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

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I watched "the original X-rated theatrical version" (gee, lucky me) and I can tell you Maruschka Detmers has headlights that point very sharply in the direction they want to go. She is also very pretty, although I'm not sure she is prettier than her co-star, Federico Pitzalis. Clearly, she is taller. Yes, this is a very sexy movie, which some might say is its raison d'etre, but that's really beside the point. What matters here is school-boy wish fulfillment, a little self-indulgence by Director Marco Bellocchio.

Well, why not? It isn't often that the boy gets the beautiful woman, especially when in competition with his suave father, a handsome and distinguished psychiatrist, and her fiancé, a well-heeled and attractive terrorist. I mean, this could happen, couldn't it?

I didn't see the original French version of 1946, in which the terrorist was a soldier in World War I. I understand it was better. I'm willing to bet that Bellocchio saw it and had the sort of relationship with it that a later generation had with Star Wars, e.g., and just had to relive the fantasy.

Nonetheless, and having said all that, this is not a bad movie. I'm not sure who is supposed to be the "devil in the flesh," but Maruschka is worth the price of the ticket and then some.

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