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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?


Pier Paolo Pasolini (screenplay)
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »




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 ... Emilia - the second servant
Luigi Barbini ... Il ragazzo alla stazione
Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia ... Second boy (as Ivan Scratuglia)
Alfonso Gatto ... Doctor


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!


Drama | Mystery


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In one scene, the father reads from Leo Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilyich". Later in the garden, the visitor reads from the poetry of Arthur Rimbaud. See more »


Lucia (Silvana Mangano) sleeps with full makeup, thick mascara, and false eyelashes undisturbed. See more »


[first lines]
Interviewer: Your boss gave you workers his factory. What do you think of his gesture? Is he still the focus here?
Factory Worker: Of course.
Interviewer: Has he thus blocked all chance of a future workers' revolution?
Factory Worker: Possibly.
Interviewer: Is his action an isolated case, or part of a general trend today?
Factory Worker: Part of a general trend, I think.
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Referenced in Wie de Waarheid Zegt Moet Dood (1981) See more »


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Teorema and Apartment Zero
5 January 2017 | by jpm-onfocusSee all my reviews

Watching Teorema for the first time in 2017 it gave me a chill by the influence this movie clearly had on "Apartment Zero" (1988) - A film I only discovered last year but it has become one of my favorites. I know "Apartment Zero" so well by now, that at times it felt (felt is the operative word)I was in their same universe. They are both socio-political psycho sexual tales. Terence Stamp and Hart Bochner even look related to each other. Colin Firth represents a Country in decadence with a past of elegant pride, Massimo Girotti represents, for me, exactly the same things for different reasons in different ways but they are both seduceable in the eyes of the stranger. To think that Teorema was made in 1968 and Apartment Zero in 1988, boggles the mind. Mine anyway.

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Release Date:

27 November 1968 (West Germany) See more »

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Technical Specs


| (cinema release) (1971)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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