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Devil in the Flesh
Devil in the Flesh
Actors: Maruschka Detmers, Federico Pitzalis, Anita Laurenzi, Alberto Di Stasio, Riccardo De Torrebruna
Director: Marco Bellocchio
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
UR     2005     1hr 54min

One of the most controversial Italians films of the 80s, DEVIL IN THE FLESH takes Raymond Radiguet?s classic novel and updates it to modern times. Dealing with the legacy of Italy?s "leaden years" and the aftermath of the...  more »


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Actors: Maruschka Detmers, Federico Pitzalis, Anita Laurenzi, Alberto Di Stasio, Riccardo De Torrebruna
Director: Marco Bellocchio
Creators: Giuseppe Lanci, Marco Bellocchio, Leo Pescarolo, Stéphane Sorlat, Ennio De Concini, Enrico Palandri, Raymond Radiguet
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: NoShame Films
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 08/30/2005
Original Release Date: 05/22/1987
Theatrical Release Date: 05/22/1987
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 54min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 14
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Italian
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Depends on what you want
bookloversfriend | United States | 07/06/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)

"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.
Cool story, shallow ending
Amateur curmudgeon | Lakewood, CO United States | 12/26/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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"
A surprisingly touching coming of age film
Amateur curmudgeon | 01/27/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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."
O.K... Am I the only one who got it?
Scott Crozier | Fremont, California USA | 06/16/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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.