Devil in the Flesh (1986) Diavolo in corpo

Devil in the Flesh (1986) Diavolo in corpo

Devil in the Flesh (1986)
DVD9 | VIDEO_TS | NTSC 16:9 | 01:54:43 | 6,29 Gb
Audio: Italiano AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subs: English
Genre: Drama, Romance

Director: Marco Bellocchio
Writers: Marco Bellocchio (story), Enrico Palandri (story)
Stars: Maruschka Detmers, Federico Pitzalis, Anita Laurenzi

An Italian high school student becomes infatuated with a woman he sees outside his class window. Her fiancée is in jail for being involved in a radical movement, and she spends much time in court providing moral support. At first she resists the student's advances, but eventually begins an affair with him. Their situation is condemned by her family and his father, who is the woman's psychologist.


Devil in the Flesh (1986) Diavolo in corpo

Erotic cinema just doesn't seem to exist anymore. Sure, every now and then we get a Basic Instinct, a film that has to mix an element of violence and suspense in to make it even remotely viable to mainstream audiences. So with this genre sorely lacking these days, we have no choice but to go back in time and revisit a classic Italian film.

Devil in the Flesh (1986) Diavolo in corpo

The remarkable work in question is 1985's Devil in the Flesh. Director Marco Bellocchio (The Wet Nurse, Leap Into the Void) crafted a film that was extremely controversial, mostly as a result of the graphic nature of one specific scene. Bellocchio based his film on the 1923 novel, Le Diable au corps by Raymond Radiguet, but transplanted those characters to 1980s Italy. He did have the guts to bring that explicit scene to the screen, and by doing it in a tasteful way, really impressed critics around the world.

Devil in the Flesh (1986) Diavolo in corpo

Giulia (Maruschka Detmers) is a young woman who has just experienced the loss of her father to a terrorist attack in Rome. Giulia has a boyfriend, Giacomo (Riccardo De Torrebruna), whom she learns might have had something to do with her father's demise. Their love is, obviously, put to the test by this revelation, and even more so when Giacomo decides to testify against his partners in crime.

Devil in the Flesh (1986) Diavolo in corpo

Having confidence in his freedom, Giulia rents an apartment for the couple to live in after the trial. During this ordeal, Giulia meets a teenaged boy named Andrea (Federico Pitzalis), who first sees her as she is watching a woman who is about to jump off a roof. They eventually meet and start a lustful affair, but that is soon threatened by not only Giacomo, but by the revelation of how Andrea's father is tied to Giulia's past.

Devil in the Flesh (1986) Diavolo in corpo

Devil in the Flesh basically had no chance to land a huge US audience, and even Bellocchio himself admits that American audiences didn't understand the political and cultural undertones that drive the story. The economy in Italy was in shambles when the film was made, and the terrorist element was a direct result of what was happening in the country. American audiences simply saw the film as pornographic junk; material that existed only to shock, when, in reality, Bellocchio and these actors had much more to say than that.

Devil in the Flesh (1986) Diavolo in corpo

The aforementioned explicit scene involves Giulia performing felatio on Andrea, with Bellocchio and his camera leaving little to our imaginations. This was one of the first major films to show such a scene, so when "moral" people heard of this sequence, they blasted the film without ever actually seeing it. The actors involved in this scene (the gorgeous Detmers and her companion, De Torrebruna) handled it like strict professionals, obviously enamored with what their director was trying to accomplish by filming such a scene, that was, in fact, necessary to drive home the point of the harmful things that sexual obsession can do to people.

Devil in the Flesh (1986) Diavolo in corpo

Despite such explicit sex, Devil in the Flesh is as much a hardcore film as Last Tango in Paris. This is far from being pornography, even though the amount of nudity (during a few scenes) is very high. This can be looked at as a precursor to the controversy that has surrounded Vincent Gallo's The Brown Bunny for the last few years. Those films, despite their very similar sex scene, differ greatly, in that while The Brown Bunny is a typical "personal" piece for a director, Devil in the Flesh delivers many important societal messages that were very valuable for Italians at the time of its release; that is what sets it apart from any of the erotic films that followed it.
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Devil in the Flesh (1986) Diavolo in corpo

No Shame continues to crank out high end product and definitive DVD editions at a very affordable price. Overall Devil in Her Flesh is a sexually charged drama that gets under your skin and stays there long after the films final frames have faded off into the sunset, Highly Recommended.
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Devil in the Flesh (1986) Diavolo in corpo
Devil in the Flesh (1986) Diavolo in corpo

Special Features:
– "Stolen Years, Hidden Lives" interviews with former real life Red Brigades Adriana Franda and Mara Nanni (25:58, in Italian with English subs)
– "In Bellocchio's Flesh" interview with director Marco Bellocchio (27:13, in Italian with English subs)
– Original Theatrical trailer
– Poster & Still Gallery

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