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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.
- 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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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.Read more ›
"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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It's a puzzling film. I'm not sure I really have ever completely understood it. It leaves me in conflict. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Alfred Viola
Theorem is sometimes described a an allegory. If this is correct it should be possible to work out its meaning. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Geoffrey Fairhall
An interesting film on sexual mores in the late 60's which still apply today, lovely to look at and listen to.Published 14 months ago by N. M. Fletcher
Well casted well dramatized and well presented as the social Critique and retrospect what dysfunctional family may be. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Zdenek Hanzlik
No issue in service getting it, but the film itself is sooooooo pretentious you will have no idea what is going on. Read morePublished 17 months ago by GiggidyGiggidyGoo!
One of the best pictures from Pasolini. The second half is the best one, with a great ending.
Beautiful master and great interview with Terence Stamp.