One of the iconoclastic Pier Paolo Pasoliniâs most radical provocations, Teorema
finds the auteur moving beyond the poetic, proletarian earthiness that first won him renown and notoriety with a coolly cryptic exploration of bourgeois spiritual emptiness. Terence Stamp stars as the mysterious strangerâperhaps an angel, perhaps a devilâwho, one by one, seduces the members of a wealthy Milanese family (including European cinema icons Silvana Mangano, Massimo Girotti, Laura Betti, and Anne Wiazemsky), precipitating an existential crisis in each of their lives. Unfolding nearly wordlessly in a procession of sacred and profane images, this tantalizing metaphysical riddleâblocked from exhibition by the Catholic Church for degeneracyâis at once a blistering Marxist treatise on sex, religion, and art and a primal scream into the void.
- Audio commentary from 2007 featuring Robert S. C. Gordon, author of Pasolini: Forms of Subjectivity
- Introduction by director Pier Paolo Pasolini from 1969
- Interview from 2007 with Terence Stamp
- New interview with John David Rhodes, author of Stupendous, Miserable City: Pasoliniâs Rome
- An essay by film scholar James Quandt