The late, controversial director Pier Paolo Pasolini made his dangerous mark on cinema with blunt stories of taboo-breaking material, such as sex and religion, and how the two can sometimes coexist. There is his 1962 breakthrough, Mamma Roma, with Anna Magnani playing a former prostitute who becomes a market trader; his trilogy of life: The Decameron, The Canterbury Tales, and Arabian Nights, and his most shocking final film, Salo: Or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975). But his finest work is 1968's Teorema (theorem), which remains a timely story about the masks we wear, and our true selves hiding underneath those masks. Terence Stamp stars as a handsome and mysterious figure (an angel?) who comes in and out of the lives of a bourgeois family, and in turn, destroys them in the process.
The new release by Criterion includes some pretty nifty supplements, including a 2007 commentary by author Robert S.C. Gordon, introduction by Pasolini from 1969, a interview from 2007 with Stamp, a new interview with author John David Rhodes, and an alternate English-dubbed soundtrack featuring the voices of Stamp and others. This should really be another incredible addition to any film lover's collection, and a cinematic experience to behold. Read my review.
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