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Theorem (DVD + Blu-ray) [1968]

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  • Actors: Terence Stamp
  • Directors: Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 27 May 2013
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B6RBSL6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,004 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Theorem (DVD + Blu-ray)

A film by Pier Paolo Pasolini

A handsome, enigmatic stranger (Terence Stamp) arrives at a bourgeois household in Milan and successively seduces each family member, not forgetting the maid. Then, as abruptly and mysteriously as he arrived, he departs, leaving the members of the household to make what sense they can of their lives in the void of his absence.

In this cool, richly complex and provocative political allegory, Pasolini uses his schematic plot to explore family dynamics, the intersection of class and sex, and the nature of different sexualities. After winning a prize at the Venice Film Festival, Theorem was subsequently banned on an obscenity charge, but Pasolini later won an acquittal on the grounds of the films 'high artistic value'.

Theorem is visually ravishing, with superb performances from its international cast and a brilliantly eclectic soundtrack featuring music by composers ranging from Mozart and Morricone.

Special Features

  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Optional alternative English language soundtrack
  • Audio commentary by Italian film expert Robert Gordon
  • An Interview with Terence Stamp (2007, 34 mins, DVD only)
  • 2013 theatrical release trailer
  • Fully illustrated booklet with essay by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, review by Philip Strick and biographies of Pasolini and Stamp

Italy | 1968 | colour, and tinted black & white | Italian language, with optional English subtitles | 94 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.85:1

Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)

Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital audio (320kbps)

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This is the latest Pasolini package from the BFI - containing a new Blu-ray transfer and a DVD disc. The decision not to include the Terence Stamp interview on the Blu-ray disc is irritating, but par for the course for the BFI. Eureka manage to duplicate the entire content on both discs and I would have thought that having the content on both discs was the purpose of a dual format set. Nevertheless, a very worth while release.

Although there are still signs of source material damage the restoration has reduced it to the extent that it does not impinge upon the viewing experience too much - unless you are very pernickety. What is very apparent is the film's rich visual texture, from monochrome through grainy sepia to sumptuous colour. The overall impression is one of a very dense almost over saturated world, a world that is superficially recognisable but which is in fact deeply disturbing. The film is composed of a series of moments with little regard to conventional narrative development or continuity.

I understand that Italy's roman catholic authorities prosecuted Pasolini for obscenity in respect of Theorem, I wonder if they would have preferred to get him for blasphemy but realised that they would have fallen into the trap of acknowledging that the film was an allusion to Jesus.

The varied visual textures are echoed by Pasolini's use of a number of pictorial techniques particularly during the film's unusual [even by Pasolini standards] opening sequences. A much loved motif, the volcanic ashes of Mt Etna, features here and did so in many films from Matthew to Medea. There's some quasi news footage in monochrome and another visual device, much favoured by Pasolini, the direct referencing, perhaps parodying of silent film.
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A guest arrives at a bourgeois household and, in turn, seduces everyone: father, mother, daughter, son and maid. (Actually he doesn't seduce anyone but responds in a non-judgemental way to other people's desires - as Terence Stamp points out in the accompanying interview).
"Theorem" is one of the true classics of 1960s European art/auteur cinema. I imagine most people interested in this film already know it well. I'd just like to say that this is a fine new DVD edition from the BFI - good sharp print, nice booklet with review from 1968 & a new informative essay and the disc has an entertaining newly filmed interview with Mr Stamp, who worships Fellini & has a grudge against Pasolini almost as big as his grudge against Antonioni, but is perceptive about his character/role. And the fact is that Pasolini enabled Stamp to give his greatest performance.
As the interviews & essays discuss, the basic Marx-meets-Freud "theorem" that the bourgeois patriarchal family is upheld by sexual repression is pure 1968, but the film has proved timeless because of its unique mysterious & poetic quality. Also obvious, in retrospect, is that much of the film is really a representation of Pasolini's anxieties over his own homosexuality - mostly displaced onto poor Silvana Magnano, the housewife! Anyway, this is one 60s classic that actually improves with age - much imitated but never bettered - & well worth getting on this DVD edition.
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By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Mar. 2012
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Theorem is an amazing visual experience, and seeing it on the big screen - or on a high quality screen at home, no doubt - brings out just how avant-garde it still seems. The main thing about it for me is its extraordinary tone, both serious and comical, often at the same time. It is highly original in this respect, constantly surprising the viewer with its breathtaking sense of the human face and how to use the camera, when to cut away and how to get the specificity of place and incident. It opens a bit like a Godard film, with a satirical interview of factory employees whose boss has just handed over the factory to their ownership, in which the interviewer answers his own questions, in effect. We then see the events that lead up to this extraordinary action. At this point it becomes something else - always about cinema and its power, but shot through a gay lens that places it quite far from Godard. The Terence Stamp character is a kind of Christ figure but without the prohibition on sexuality that Christianity usually entails. Here it is quite the opposite: he releases the desires of all the members of the family, plus the maid. His openness towards their desires is so in conflict with their assumed identities that they all go to pieces, although the exact tone of all this is highly ambiguous. There are so many sequences you remember from this film: Silvana Mangano in the summer house staring lasciviously at his discarded clothes, with her perfect make-up; the son urinating on his art, the maid becoming a saint, the speeches everyone makes before the stranger's departure, both slightly absurd and moving, Ninetto Davoli flapping into the forecourt with the mail like a human pelican ...Read more ›
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this release took me back many years to the time that cinema was interesting and exciting. Terence Stamp has been one of the outstanding British actors in the last 50 years and this is one of the 'experimental' films he appeared in during the late 60's and 70's. Whilst it is not a masterpiece it is well worth hunting out and watching, just for his mesmerising performance.
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