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Teorema (1968)

A mysterious young man seduces each member of a bourgeois family. When he suddenly leaves, how will their lives change?

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Pier Paolo Pasolini (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Silvana Mangano ... Lucia, the mother
Terence Stamp ... The Visitor
Massimo Girotti ... Paolo, the father
Anne Wiazemsky ... Odetta, the daughter
Laura Betti ... Emilia, the servant
Andrés José Cruz Soublette ... Pietro, the son
Ninetto Davoli ... Angelino - the Messenger
Carlo De Mejo ... Boy
Adele Cambria Adele Cambria ... Emilia - the second servant
Luigi Barbini Luigi Barbini ... Il ragazzo alla stazione
Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia ... Second boy (as Ivan Scratuglia)
Alfonso Gatto 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

27 November 1968 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Teorema See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cinema release) (1971)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the 1968 Venice Film Festival, the film was given an award by the International Catholic Film Office. The award was withdrawn after critical remarks by Pope Paul VI. After the festival the film was confiscated by Italian police and Pasolini charged with obscenity, but acquitted. See more »

Quotes

Lucia, the mother: Who is that boy?
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Referenced in Play It Again, Hristo (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Fruscio Di Foglie Verdi
Composed and arranged by Ennio Morricone
Lyrics by Audrey Nohra
Performed by Trio Junior
Orchestra conducted by Bruno Nicolai
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surprisingly trite
10 May 2005 | by dissidenzSee all my reviews

This is Pasolini's primary anti-bourgeoisie film and is sort of a complementary companion of Luis Bunuel's "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie." While Bunuel's film attacks the European post-war middle class (slightly different from America's middle class, though just as apathetic and selfish) with mockery, humiliation, and eventually destruction, Pasolini takes a more soulful route, revealing the hidden desires of a class stifled by social dogma and propriety. Rather than turn them into effigy, he allows them to have epiphanies, realizing their inner hollowness, and taking different paths to self-fulfillment. "Teorema" means "theorem," and in this case, the mysterious, beautiful stranger embodied by Terrence Stamp offers proof of a certain Italian bourgeois family's misgivings. Pasolini here offers a lucid statement, less political than Bunuel, but just as poetic. His execution, however, is dry and hokey, as Stamp encounters each family member almost mathematically. While the actors provide genuine emotion (particuarly in facial expressions, which Pasolini, in his entire body of work, has shown overwhelming appreciation for), the structure of the film is so tight that he almost sucks the life right out of his message. It's a curious film, though, not completely lacking in entertainment value. In a way, it plays out like a sonnet or other tightly structured poem type. Recommended is "Porcile," made by Pasolini, with similar themes, but presented more organically.


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