The Demon

Il demonio | Brunello Rondi | IT/FR 1963 | 98 Min | 35mm

The second film by frequent Fellini collaborator Brunello Rondi, Il demonio is a stunning story of obsessive love, set in a rural Southern Italian village where Christianity has integrated many of the old superstitious beliefs. Daliah Lavi plays Purif, who is distraught when her lover is betrothed to another. When she summons the old ways to curse him, her erratic behavior is interpreted as demonic possession, and the villagers turn against her with physical and sexual violence. A beautiful monochromatic predecessor to Lucio Fulci’s Don’t Torture a Duckling that brings the contrasting traditions of rural Southern Italy to life amidst a classic tale of the monstrous feminine.

Brunello Rondi
Rondi, Brunello (* 1924, † 1989) was an Italian screenwriter, director, and playwright. A two-time Oscar nominee for the scripts of La dolce vita and , he worked with auteurs like Roberto Rosselini and Federico Fellini. Also directing his own films since the 1960s, his works were influenced by Italian neorealism and, dealing with subjects like sexuality, social hierarchies, or esoterics, were often troubled by censorship issues.
Language OmeU
Cast Daliah Lavi, Frank Wolff, Anna María Aveta
Writer Brunello Rondi, Ugo Guerra, Luciano Martino
Editing Mario Serandrei
Cinematography Carlo Bellero