Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Pier Paolo Pasolini's
breakthrough film, predicated on the theorem that "anything done by the bourgeoisie,
however sincere and profound, and noble, is on the wrong track." Into the home of a
classic bourgeois family walks in Terence Stamp, a stranger. Each one of the
family--mother, father, son, daughter, maid--seeks and finds in the stranger a catalyst
for the fulfillment of desire denied within the confines of the family structure.
"Liberated thus by a moment of authenticity, each is left, on the visitor's
departure, with a personal kind of madness, stripped naked in a symbolic desert."
Italian with English subtitles.