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The Devil in the Flesh


Italia – 1986 – 35mm – color – 115’


Direction: Marco Bellocchio

Screenplay: Marco Bellocchio, Ennio De Concini

Photography: Giuseppe Lanci

Editing: Mirco Garrone

Set design: Andrea Crisanti

Music: Carlo Crivelli

Costumes: Lina Nerli Taviani

Cast: Maruschka Detmers, Federico Pitzalis, Anita Laurenzi, Riccardo de Torrebruna, Giacomo Pulcini, Alberto Di Stasio, Catherine Diamant, Anna Orso, Claudio Botosso, Lidia Broccolino, Stefano Abbati, Claudio Picariello, Pietro Sanavio, Brunella Casolari, Luciano D’Amico, Lorenzo D’Avanzo, Raffaele De Nuccio, Roberto Tozzi, Maria Toesca, Claudio Spadaro, Oreste Rotundo, Riccardo Plati, Alessandro Partexano, Marco Maggioni, Claudio Lorimer, Doris Gean Foster, Francesco Firpo, Viviana Fedeli, Germano Basile

Producer: Leo Pescarolo

Production: L.P. Film, Istituto Luce, Ital Noleggio Cin.Co, Film Sextile, Aj Film, Fr3



A crazy woman of color wandering on one of the rooftop of Rome, trying to commit suicide, draws on the one hand the attention of a high school class and of Giulia, a beautiful and schizophrenic bourgeois girl, on the other. Andrea, a high school student, who is immediately charmed by her, bypasses the classroom window and follows her with his scooter, while she is moving away in a Maserati. Giulia, together with the priest, who earlier tried clumsily to stop the girl from committing suicide, stands near one of the Tiber bridges, where her father was assassinated by members of the Red Brigades. Then she goes to the trial against them, where she shows affection and harmony towards a collaborator with justice, to whom she’s engaged…



“(…) Bellocchio tells about a subversive dream of freedom, a revolt against fathers and rules, whose heroine – as its creator – rise up against each form of authority by attacking the father’s power through the sons’ alliance (…). a visionary and fascinating film, whose fault is the narration, with an excessive enthusiasm, about this break from bourgeois normality. The difference between the two lovers and the circumstances is so obvious, but highlights well the uneasiness of an unknown and mysterious generation (to most people). (…)” (Fabrizio Natalini, Marco Bellocchio, Il cinema e i film)



1986 Cannes FF – Quinzane des Réalizateurs

1986 Silver Ribbons: Federico Pitzalis  nominated as Best New Actor