One of the iconoclastic Pier Paolo Pasolini’s most radical provocations finds the auteur moving beyond the poetic, proletarian earthiness that first won him renown and notoriety with a coolly cryptic exploration of bourgeois spiritual emptiness. 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 in a procession of sacred and profane images, this tantalizing metaphysical riddle—blocked from an 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.


  • Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Italy
  • 1968
  • 98 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Italian
  • Spine #1013


  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate English-dubbed soundtrack featuring the voices of actor Terence Stamp and others
  • Audio commentary from 2007 featuring Robert S. C. Gordon, author of Pasolini: Forms of Subjectivity
  • Introduction by director Pier Paolo Pasolini from 1969
  • Interview from 2007 with Stamp
  • New interview with John David Rhodes, author of Stupendous, Miserable City: Pasolini’s Rome
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar James Quandt

New cover by Nessim Higson

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