Teorema (Theorem)
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Terence Stamp is known only as "The Visitor" in Pier Paolo Pasolini's Teorema. The mysterious stranger insinuates himself into the home of a wealthy Italian family, where he exerts a curious, sensual spirituality over everyone in the household. He then proceeds to seduce everyone in the family (male and female) including the maid, which gives each person some sort of unique epiphany. Because he reveals so little about his innermost thoughts, "The Visitor" becomes all things to all people. What it boils down to is this: Is the enigmatic visitor Christ, or is he the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The narrative, almost silent in the first half, is unusually clear for a film by Pasolini. Performance by all members of the cast are praiseworthy, though Stamp dominates the first half and Betti, the second."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"I don't feel ready to write about this mysterious film; perhaps, a week from now, I'll decide it is very bad, a failure. But perhaps it is the most brilliant work yet by that strange director, Pier Paolo Pasolini."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The film, made in 1968, was provocative then and remains so now. But it doesn't elucidate its ambivalent moral secrets easily."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Whichever of the various interpretations you ascribe to this socio-political parody, the quality is undeniable."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Highly regarded in some quarters, Pier Paulo Pasolini's Teorema is basically a film about Terence Stamp's crotch."
‑ Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
"What would be pretentious and strained in the hands of most directors, with Pasolini takes on an intense air of magical revelation."
‑ , Time Out
"Apart from his final feature, Salo, this is probably Pier Paolo Pasolini's most controversial film, and to my mind one of his very best."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It is as if Pasolini has imagined how Italy's bland, complacent, stagnant governing class could be blown wide open: like putting a hundredweight of dynamite in the San Andreas fault."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A heavily symbolic and highly intellectual look at the bourgeois milieu and the effect that a mysterious visitor, Stamp, has on one specific family."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"earnest experiment, but it's simply too obtuse to be a success, and too undercooked (not to mention sloppily put together) to make much of an impact"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"The movie itself is the message, a series of cool, beautiful, often enigmatic scenes that flow one into another with the rhythm of blank verse."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Arguably Pasolini's most finely wrought work, an allegory bringing together his central preoccupations with politics, sexuality, society, art and the irredeemable inauthenticity of bourgeois life."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Pasolini creates an ethereal mood - and Stamp, smiling ineffably,has never been better."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"You'll either find it brilliant, or maddening. And neither response would be wrong."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A magical lyrical work about the improbable."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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