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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 named Andrea becomes infatuated with Giulia, an older woman he sees outside his classroom window. Giulia's fiancé, a leftist radical, has been jailed and is ... 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 named Andrea becomes infatuated with Giulia, an older woman he sees outside his classroom window. Giulia's fiancé, a leftist radical, has been jailed and is currently on trial for political crimes. Andrea and Giulia meet, and begin rendezvousing at her apartment, where a sexual relationship quickly unfolds. The situation is complicated when the fiancé's mother realizes this, and confronts Andrea's father. Andrea's father is a psychiatrist who treats patients with psychoanalysis. He has treated Giulia in the past. The psychiatrist finds himself a victim of Giulia's sexual advances, which he attributes to madness. As a passionate affair unfolds between Giulia and Andrea, the viewer is left wondering exactly how crazy Giulia really is, and whether Giulia had an affair with the boy's father as well. Intensity of passion between Giulia and Andrea builds towards the climax. Andrea's father confronts him about this affair, but Andrea doesn't back down. Written by Wiki

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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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

Version of Devil in the Flesh (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Body On Fire
Written by Dombey and Carlo Crivelli (as Crivelli)
Sung by Carlo Crivelli
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User Reviews

Very erotic and difficult to follow
6 March 2001 | by jdworki1See all my reviews

This film was at times very difficult to follow. Every time it got interesting it would jump to another scene. I'm not sure if it was my perception because the translation may have been a little flawed. Even though I was watching sub titles I did think that Maruschka Detmers was terrific. She is also very beautiful and if anything else it is worth seeing this film just for that one famous scene. It's pretty cool to watch a dramatic film and have a scene like that. Overall it was a decent movie.


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

22 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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