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Devil in the Flesh [DVD] [1986] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Maruschka Detmers, Federico Pitzalis, Anita Laurenzi, Alberto Di Stasio, Riccardo De Torrebruna
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AA4F74
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,502 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Controversial Italian drama (Original title: Il diavolo in corpo) released in 1986, starring the gorgous Maruschka Detmers (Hanna's War) and directed by Marco Bellocchio. The film is an adaptation of Raymond Radiguet's novel Le Diable au corps, and also stars Federico Pitzalis as Andrea, a high school student who becomes infatuated with Giulia (Detmers), an older woman he sees outside his classroom window. Giulia has a boyfriend who is in jail as a political terrorist, yet despite this, a sexual relationship soon develops between them of such intensity that it threatens to destroy them both. * N.b; The film gained in notoriety at the time of it's release because it includes an extended (though darkly lit) explicit sex scene.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x970f8b10) out of 5 stars 24 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96d7a63c) out of 5 stars Not much happening here. 15 Feb. 2010
By Werner Goss - Published on Amazon.com
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The story: A girl and a boy fall madly in love , even though the girl is promised to another guy. That's it. There is not much more of a story. So why did I rate this film with four stars? It is is absolutely worth your time. It lives, like many italian films of that era from the expectation, that something will happen. Nothing does, really. If it were not for the absolutely beautiful Maruschka Detmers. She alone makes the film worthwhile. The way she looks, the way she is dressed, her laugh and, yes, the sex-scenes. Very nice. And, yes, the explicit oral scene is included.

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.

So, enjoy!
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96cd1db0) out of 5 stars A surprisingly touching coming of age film 27 Jan. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
It's a shame this is not available on video because this is actually one of the better rites of passage movies involving a young student and older woman. Usually the stuff of dreck, this movie has a terrific performance by Maruschka Detmers as a mercurial soon-to-be bride who falls in love(?) with a student. She is a real presence and raises this film to "gentle fable" status. Please come back to availability status soon.
35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96c725c4) out of 5 stars Cool story, shallow ending 26 Dec. 2005
By Amateur curmudgeon - Published on Amazon.com
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I give this movie four stars because Maruschka Detmers is so cute, otherwise it would only rate a three.

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
45 of 58 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96c726a8) out of 5 stars depends on what you want 6 July 2006
By bookloversfriend - Published on Amazon.com
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Each scene is one shot, and that shot goes on and on and on, sometimes staying with the same act or lack of action. This film is pretension personified, but that's okay. Many people can't tell the difference between pretension and art. The music too is full of squeaks and squawks. In case you didn't know, that means that the music too is high art.

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.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96cb83e4) out of 5 stars O.K... Am I the only one who got it? 16 Jun. 2006
By Scott Crozier - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a film about the power of erotic love. He's young and naive and doesn't care how hopeless and destructive his affair with this older woman might be. She's older and fully aware of the danger, but not totally at the helm of her own ship; given to bouts of melancholy and psychosis.

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.
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