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Teorema (1968)

Cast: Silvana Mangano, Terence Stamp, Massimo Girotti, more...
Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
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Studio: Koch Lorber Films
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Italy
Running Time: 98 min.
Languages: English, Italian
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Terence Stamp is known only as "The Visitor" in Pier Paolo Pasolini's Teorema. The mysterious stranger insinuates himself into the home of a wealthy Italian family, where he exerts a curious, sensual spirituality over everyone in the household. He then wanders into the nearby village, where he casually begins performing all manner of miracles. Because he reveals so little about his innermost thoughts, "The Visitor" becomes all things to all people. What it boils down to is this: Is the enigmatic visitor Christ, or is he the Devil? Matching Terence Stamp's multi-textured performance every step of the way is Laura Betti as the family's maid; Betti, in fact, won the "Best Actress Award" at the 1968 Venice Film Festival. Director Pasolini adapted the screenplay of Teorema from his own novel. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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too deep for me by alexjb April 24, 2006 - 9:15 AM PDT
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5 out of 9 members found this review helpful
i actually turned this off about 40 minutes in. maybe i'm an un-cultured heathen, but i couldn't take it anymore.

the film is full to the brim with "art movie" cliches - there's almost no dialogue; many close ups of faces with too much makeup; long cuts of "meaningful" glances that are supposed to convey volumes but don't.

we often cut to scenes of cloud shadows rolling over a desert to indicate the passage of time. there are b&w silent montages that almost seem like they're leading somewhere, but really don't.

the way that The Visitor starts affecting people is totally out of nowhere - these are apparently the horniest, most sexualy repressed people on the planet.

the most generous way to put it would be to say that this film is not "accessible"...




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