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The Monk

  • 1972
  • Ado Kyrou
  • 92 mins
  • X

Summary

Drama starring Franco Nero as a monk whose vows of chastity are sorely tested by a young novice (Nathalie Delon) who's been sent to him by the Devil.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Luis Buñuel and Jean-Claude Carrière attempted to film Matthew Lewis's famous gothic novel in the mid-1960s, but the project was shelved for lack of funds. Their screenplay was used in this multinational production, with Buñuel's friend, Greek surrealist Ado Kyrou, in the director's chair. Franco Nero stars as the intellectual cleric whose attempts to resist the allure of novice Nathalie Delon draw him into the world of magic and an alliance with Satan. All Buñuel's preoccupations with religious hypocrisy and repressed sexuality are present and correct, but Kyrou's direction lacks the master's touch.

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Credits

Cast

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AmbrosioFranco Nero
MathildeNathalie Delon
Duke of TalamurNicol Williamson
ElviraNadja Tiller
NunElisabeth Wiener
AntoniaEliana De Santis

Crew

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DirectorAdo Kyrou

Details

Languages
French
Guidance
Contains violence and nudity.
Formats
Colour
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