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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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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 The award was withdrawn after critical remarks by Pope Paul VI.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 »

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Lucia, the mother: Who is that boy?
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Referenced in Multiple Maniacs (1970) See more »

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Tears for Dolphy
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One of the best Italian films of the decade
15 March 2017 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

At the beginning of "Teorema", in a wordless, sepia-tinged montage, we are introduced to almost all the main characters in Pasolini's film. It's a clever device, almost Hitchcockian, and it could be the beginning of a thriller, though being a Pasolini film we know this won't be a thriller. The character who doesn't appear in this montage is played by Terence Stamp but suddenly there he is right in the middle of things and his affect on everyone is profound. Who is he and why is he here? It's never made clear, of course. Although a very physical presence his role is allegorical. Is he an angel, (there is a strong religious element in the picture), or a devil or simply a seducer since he does seem to have sex with everyone in the family, male and female, including the maid who ends up levitating and performing miracles. He certainly affords everyone a form of release, turning their lives upside down and with it their bourgeoisie pretensions. If we are going to tear down the bourgeoisie we may as well do it with sex; it's a lot more fun than beating them to death.

Stamp, of course, remains the most beautiful thing on screen though Silvana Mangano as the mother gives him a run for his money. No-one really has to act; all they simply have to do is respond to Pasolini's camera and, with no real narrative structure, that's fairly easy. Sex may be Pasolin's weapon of choice but the film is quite clearly a Marxist 'fantasy' and is also very obviously the work of a gay director. I'm not so sure anymore if it's the masterpiece I thought it was all those years ago bu it stands up remarkably well and remains one of the great Italian films of its decade.


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