The Devils Movie Review 1971

Information and Film Reviews for The Devils the Movie

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In 1631 France, a priest is accused of commerce with the devil and sexual misconduct with nuns. Since he is also a political threat, the accusation is used to denounce and eventually execute him. Based on Aldous Huxley's "The Devils of Loudun," the movie features masturbating nuns and other excesses--shocking scenes typical of film director Russell. Supposedly this was Russell's attempt to wake the public to their desensitization of modern horrors of war. Controversial and flamboyant.


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Available on VHS
Running time 109 minutes.
Originally from British.

Cast and Crew

Historical Drama, Sex & Sexuality, Occult, Nuns & Priests, Sexual Abuse, Satanism, Devils, Witchcraft, Politics, Period Piece: 17th Century, Adapted from a Play
Ken Russell
Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed, Dudley Sutton, Max Adrian, Gemma Jones, Murray Melvin, Michael Gothard, Georgina Hale, Christopher Logue, Andrew Faulds
David Watkin
Ken Russell
Peter Maxwell Davies
Warner Bros., Robert H. Solo, Ken Russell


Natl. Bd. of Review 1971: Director (Russell).

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