Teorema + Toby Dammit
DIRECTOR: PIER PAOLO PASOLINI
CAST: TERENCE STAMP, SILVANA MANGANO, MASSIMO GIROTTI, ANNE WIAZEMSKY
1968 / 37 mins / 35mm
Director: Federico Fellini
If it’s 1968 and you are making a movie about a mysterious, irresistible stranger who drops into the home of a Milanese industrialist and then proceeds to methodically seduce the patriarch and his entire family, there’s only one man for the job—and Pasolini made the obvious choice. Italian stars Massimo Girotti and Silvana Mangano are heads of the household, but it is the blue-eyed Christ-devil Stamp and his painted-on slacks that are in control here. Screening with Toby Dammit, Fellini’s very loose, endorphin rush adaptation of Poe’s “Never Bet the Devil Your Head” with Stamp as a supremely dissipated, translucently pale English actor own into Rome for an awards ceremony, assailed by leering faces and lurid images from the moment he sets foot on the tarmac.
Teorema is screening as part of the series Terence Stamp.