A wealthy family hosts a strange visitor. He seduces the maid, the son, the mother, the daughter, and finally the father, before leaving after a few days. After he’s gone, no one can continue living as before. Who was the visitor? Was he God? —IMDb
Born in Bologna in 1922, Pier Paolo Pasolini left behind a searing legacy that haunts contemporary Italy more than thirty years after his death. More than anyone, Pasolini gazed deeply into Italy’s role in the spread of Fascism and, more controversially, the continuing influence of its ideas in post-war Europe. For him, this was a matter of great personal significance; his father was a soldier in the Fascist Army (he had once protected Mussolini from an assassination attempt) while his brother joined the resistance only to be murdered in an ambush. This personal trauma coincided with a period of intellectual development as Pasolini engaged with Marxist philosophy; especially the works of Antonio Gramsci, the founder of Italy’s Communist Party (PCI). His relationship with the PCI, however, was tense. As a poet and intellectual, Pasolini scrutinized his fellow Communists as critically as he did bourgeois society. His enemies retaliated by targeting his personal life; the first instance… read more
Ancora una volta Pasolini fà a meno del mezzo classico della narrazione,e la sua opera vive di grandiosi momenti di stasi rappresentativa.L'ospite rappresenta l'irrazionalità artistica,sensuale e sentimentale che arriva e sconvolge il mondo freddo e squallido di una borghesia desolante.Fantastiche a tal proposito le confessioni alla sua partenza.Surreale e realissimo,criptico ma super-efficace:insomma,Pasolini.4*
Remembering not only “Italy’s major post-war intellectual,” but one of the world’s as well.
Pier Paolo Pasolini’s “Theorem” (1968)
The members of an outstanding but ordinary family each receive a spiritual revelation in this unique film that itself becomes a cinematographic vehicle of… read review
A beautiful and inscrutable character disrupts a quiet bourgeois existence.
The visitor for the son brings inspiration; for the mother, passion; for the daughter, love; for the father, introspection;… read review