Marco Bellocchio  

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Devil in the Flesh is an Italian film released in 1986 and directed by Marco Bellocchio.

An adaptation of Raymond Radiguet’s novel Le Diable au corps, the film stars Federico Pitzalis as a high school student who falls in love with an older woman (played by Maruschka Detmers).

The film is notable as one of the first mainstream European films to show an unsimulated sexual act, namely a brief scene showing Detmers performing fellatio on Pitzalis. Detmers is on record as having regretted doing this scene, stating it has overshadowed her other work.

Two versions of the film exist - an R-rated version that omits the scene, and an unrated version that includes it. In the late 1990s, the Canadian cable network Showcase Television accidentally broadcast the uncensored version (albeit at a late hour), which resulted in a number of viewer complaints.



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