Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Year Released: 1968
Bizarre, fragmented and mostly silent experimental film about spiritual freedom through sexual liberation - after all five members of a family are seduced by Terence Stamp's ethereal 'Messiah,' they change, with the son, for example, becoming more comfortable with his homosexuality (and channeling it through art) and the father giving away his factory (the women are, for the most part, warped by the experience). It's hard to take this literally - given the title ("theorem"), I'm sure Pasolini intended for it to be something of a visual poem/filmed concept - and even more difficult to get a solid hold of the message (is this God-love - with Stamp playing Jesus - beneficial or harmful?), but Pasolini should be applauded for taking a risk and bothering to ask 'larger' questions of life instead of sticking to safe ground (plus, anything that gets condemned by the Catholic Church can't be all that bad, can it?). One thing, however, is made perfectly clear: Italian men in the 1960's really liked tight pants.