The Great Italian Auteurs: Pasolini, Teorema (1968)


Theater 3 Wed, Jun 28, 2023 6:30 PM
Theater 3 Sun, Jul 2, 2023 4:00 PM


Wednesday, June 28
Sunday, July 2

Writer / Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Cast: Silvana Mangano, Terence Stamp, Massimo Girotti, Anne Wiazemsky, Laura Betti, Ninetto Davoli

With Teorema, a coolly cryptic exploration of bourgeois spiritual emptiness, Pier Paolo Pasolini moved beyond the poetic, proletarian earthiness that first won him renown. Terence Stamp stars as the mysterious stranger—perhaps an angel, perhaps a devil—who, one by one, seduces the members of a wealthy Milanese family (including European cinema icons Silvana Mangano, Massimo Girotti, Laura Betti, and Anne Wiazemsky), precipitating an existential crisis in each of their lives. Unfolding nearly wordlessly, this tantalizing metaphysical riddle—blocked from exhibition by the Catholic Church for degeneracy—is at once a blistering Marxist treatise on sex, religion, and art and a primal scream into the void. (Criterion Collection).

Tickets: $16 / Superstar Members $14

1hr 38 mins / R

[This film will be shoown in restored 4K digital with uncompressed monoaural soundtrack.]

"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." - Guardian