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Boldly directed by Marco Bellocchio (GOOD MORNING, NIGHT) and featuring superb cinematography by Giuseppe Lanci, DEVIL IN THE FLESH is a powerfully erotic film that deserves to be discovered and appreciated without preconceptions. With its mixing of political and sexual issues, Bellocchio retains the strength and relevancy of the classic text and makes a strong contemporary statement in favour of absolute artistic and political freedom. As controversial as films get, DEVIL IN THE FLESH remains one of the most important Italian films of our time.
NoShame Films is proud to present DEVIL IN THE FLESH for the first time on DVD in its original widescreen aspect ratio, digitally re-mastered from the original negative, uncut and uncensored.
These films have never seen the light of day like this. Keep eye on No Shame - they're going places. -- DVD File.com
rich in subtext and filled with some wonderful performances. gets under your skin, Highly Recommended. -- 10,000 Bullets.com
superb film that has perfectly captured the uneasy and extreme political and cultural climate in Italy from the 80s. RECOMMENDED. -- DVD Talk.com
- "Stolen Years, Hidden Lives" interviews with former real life Red Brigades Adriana Franda and Mara Nanni
- "In Bellocchio's Flesh" interview with director Marco Bellocchio
- Original Theatrical trailer
- Poster & Still Gallery
- Collectible Booklet including liner notes, essay on Red Brigades history and Marco Bellocchio's bio
- Including in the first 3500 a coupon for a FREE poster
Top Customer Reviews
The picture of the DVD is perfect. Good remastering. The only language offered is italian, but that's fine with the english subtitles. Unfortunately I did not purchase the No Shame-version. This edition has no extras, except a trailer.
The story is plausible; Woman falls for a younger guy while her fiancee is in jail. The sex scenes are hot, and indeed, one is actually explicit.
However the end is lacking. It leaves you with the question: Is that all?
It is worth watching, at least once
There is no story. Boy and girl see each other, and without preliminaries hit the sack. We see boy & girl here, there, in the sack, here, there, in the sack, etc. Occasionally we get a shot of some of the other characters.
Because of the lack of dynamics, the film is not effective, either as drama or as eroticism. Ironically, "The Summer of '42" was much more erotic even without any nudity (which would have helped).
The vaulted sex scenes are three in number, chest and shoulders, and they last about three minutes each. The much-touted fellatio scene is actually surprisingly good, more convincing than the "love" scenes.
There are also a few brief full-frontal scenes of the star, who has a gorgeous body (hence, the two star rating).
Bottom line: the only reason to see this movie is the nudity and the sex. But there are many better movies for that. So, only if you need the pretentiousness in order to permit yourself to see a sex movie should you see this.
Check out the film's last scene: He's there being examined by his professors, and she's there watching him in a growing state of emotion. Watch the expressions on her face (God, what a performance!) and you'll see that she realizes just how much she'll lose by falling in love with this young man but, simulataneously, just how powerless she is to resist the passion, love, lust, self-destruction. I love this film.
Andrea's Papa, a psychoanalyst, seems to stand for the usual traditional bourgeois values -- morally upright, unperturbed, clean and tidy, thoroughly ritualized.
Giullia, the girlfriend of a revolutionary, seems to represent what can happen to someone who needs very badly a cause to support but is unable to muster up the kind of devotion such a commitment demands. (I'm guessing here.) Andrea, the adolescent boy, seems to be the only guy in the movie who is not in some unquiet way "upatz." He's respectful of his father but disobedient too. He loves Giullia, or so we assume, although he's not really old enough to have learned how to manage his reflexes optimally, but he leaves her in order to show up at school and complete his final exams. His course between these contradictory lifestyles could be described as "media." He's the man in between, who knows the meaning of gradualism, who can keep his cool while those about him are screaming.
Most of this is summed up during the oral part of his finals when he is asked to translate and comment on an excerpt from "Antigone," which contrasts the traditional authority of the gods with the notion of secularity and free will.
That brings us -- by no particular course that I'm aware of -- to Marushka Detmars. She brings to mind a New Yorker cartoon of a few years ago.Read more ›
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One of my favourite films. The politics and sex of Italian politics. Love Maruschka. In top 10 favourite films.Published 15 months ago by Anna Sulikowska
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Intruiging story line, and plot, good movie.Came in 3 days, very well packed, and I'm happy with my purchase. Good price also.Published on January 31, 2013 by D. BROWN
i've never seen a movie like this before. there was almost no talking. didn't get it at all the first time. Read morePublished on June 14, 2012 by matthew molina