(aka "Devil in the Flesh" or "Diable au corps, Le")

 

directed by Marco Bellocchio
France / Italy  1986

Bearing no particular relation to any literary or cinematic work of the same title, this erotic drama by Marco Bellocchio uses sexual expression to work out a character's hang-ups, problems, and personality. Andrea (Federico Ptizalis) is in his last year of high school when he meets Giulia (Maruschka Detmers). Her father was killed by terrorists, yet Giulia is engaged to marry a former terrorist who is released from prison after he names names. After Andrea and Giulia meet, they have some torrid sexual encounters, though Giulia continues her engagement to the ex-terrorist because her wealthy family opposes any liaison with the lower-class Andrea. Mixed in with Giulia's two love affairs are several odd characters, such as the former terrorist's mother. No one is particularly stable, least of all Giulia. This film was released in the United States in both R and X-rated versions, the latter featuring a brief but explicit oral sex scene.

Excerpt from Eleanor Mannikka's review located HERE

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Theatrical Release: Italy22 April 1986,Canada 8 September 1986 (Toronto Film Festival)

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Runtime 1:54:40 1:54:40
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1:1.85 Original Aspect Ratio

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Average Bitrate: 6.03 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1:1.85 Original Aspect Ratio

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Average Bitrate: 6.3 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio Italian (2.0 Dolby Digital) Italian (2.0 Dolby Digital)
Subtitles English and None English and None
Features Release Information:
Studio: No Shame Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1:1.85

Edition Details:
• Trailer (2:29)
• Posters and Still gallery
• Booklet

• "Stolen Years, Hidden Lives" interviews with former real life Red 
Brigades Adriana Franda and Mara Nanni (25:58)
• "In Bellocchio's Flesh" interview with director Marco Bellocchio (27:13)


DVD Release Date: August 30th, 2005
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Release Information:
Studio: MYA Communications

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1:1.85

Edition Details:
• Trailer (2:29)
•  Posters and Still gallery


DVD Release Date: August 11th, 2009
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Comments Although the bitrates are done my two different systems - we can see this appears to be the exact same transfer. Actually, I had heard that the guys from MYA were the same ones from the, now defunct, No Shame label. The new edition has less sharing the disc and this may have resulted in a slightly superior compression. The caps look like there may be more artifacts in the NO SHAME release - but as this particular comparison was not done with the same system (software) I can't be positive. Essentially it looks almost the exact same to me.

Unfortunately, the new edition (MYA) is more expensive than the original NO SHAME DVD - which was ($19.99) - and doesn't have the extras - the booklet, interview and hour's worth of features (offering only the trailer and stills gallery). Both disc are region FREE , progressive, anamorphic and have optional English subtitles to go with the 2.0 channel Italian - but this is an easy decision - get the NO SHAME if you still can but the film is certainly very interesting and worth seeing at any rate!

Gary Tooze

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Image: A high definition tape re-mastered from original film elements was used here, and the DVD looks just fabulous. The picture has depth and the black has good definition. In my opinion the contrast are a little drastic and I wonder if the colors are intended to be as saturated as they are. But this is a minor fault (if any), and No Shame comes with a Criterion standard DVD.

 


The sound is taken from an optical source, and although it's a strong mono mix, there's occasionally dirt and scratches on it (popping).

 - Per-Olof Strandberg

 

 



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