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Devil in the Flesh (1986)

Diavolo in corpo (original title)
X | | Drama, Romance | 22 May 1987 (USA)
An Italian high school student becomes infatuated with a woman he sees outside his class window. Her fiancée is in jail for being involved in a radical movement, and she spends much time in... See full summary »

Director:

Marco Bellocchio

Writers:

Marco Bellocchio (story), Enrico Palandri (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maruschka Detmers ... Giulia
Federico Pitzalis Federico Pitzalis ... Andrea
Anita Laurenzi Anita Laurenzi ... Mrs. Pulcini
Alberto Di Stasio Alberto Di Stasio ... Professor Raimondi
Riccardo De Torrebruna Riccardo De Torrebruna ... Giacomo Pulcini
Catherine Diamant Catherine Diamant ... Mrs. Raimondi
Anna Orso Anna Orso ... Mrs. Dozza
Lidia Broccolino Lidia Broccolino ... Terrorist
Stefano Abbati Stefano Abbati ... Terrorist
Claudio Botosso Claudio Botosso ... Don Pisacane
Germano Basile Germano Basile
Brunella Casolari Brunella Casolari
Luciano D'Amico Luciano D'Amico
Lorenzo D'Avanzo Lorenzo D'Avanzo
Raffaele De Nuccio Raffaele De Nuccio
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Storyline

An Italian high school student becomes infatuated with a woman he sees outside his class window. Her fiancée is in jail for being involved in a radical movement, and she spends much time in court providing moral support. At first she resists the student's advances, but eventually begins an affair with him. Their situation is condemned by her family and his father, who is the woman's psychologist. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

X | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

22 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Devil in the Flesh See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$546,904

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$546,904
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Giulia: Hi.
Andrea: Hi.
Giulia: What's wrong?
Andrea: Nothing.
Giulia: Hey what's wrong? You're already tired of me?
Andrea: No. It's nothing, just that I had a little argument with my father.
Giulia: Little?
[laughs]
Giulia: What did he say?
Andrea: He's angry that we're seeing each other.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Two versions of this film exist. The original, European edit (released unrated on video in North America) contains an explicit scene of oral sex. There is also an R-rated version with this scene removed. The uncut version was broadcast by accident on Canadian TV a few years ago. See more »

Connections

Remade as La grande collection: Le diable au corps (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Body On Fire
Written by Dombey and Carlo Crivelli (as Crivelli)
Sung by Carlo Crivelli
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sexual tension
21 March 2006 | by assaholicSee all my reviews

the movie is far more sophisticated and intelligent is its exploration of sexual tension than such American attempts as 9 and a half weeks...the courtroom scene itself...with the couple copulating in the cage while the heroine pleads for their orgasm...is amazing...I have not seen this movie in 20 years...but it made indelible pictures in my mind...it is rich in texture and successful in creating a world where sex is the engine for all activity, and at its bottom is the yawning angst that lives in us all....the plot is European, and it meanders a bit, but so does life...especially when you are 17 and have a constant hard on....


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