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The Devils

  • Drama
  • History
  • 1971
  • Ken Russell
  • 106 mins
  • X

Summary

Ken Russell's controversial study of politics, religion and sexuality in 17th-century France starring Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave. In the walled town of Loudun, Father Grandier falls in love with and illicitly marries Madeleine, much to the fury of Sister Jeanne, who, seeking revenge, accuses Grandier of sorcery. Grandier's political enemies set out to destroy him.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Ken Russell's adaptation of Aldous Huxley's The Devils of Loudun is repulsive, hysterical, disturbing, overwhelming, stunning, compelling and fascinating. For once, Russell's surreal hallucinogenic style matches his frenzied material and, while condemned for being anti-religious, this is in fact a highly moral tale of absolute faith. In one of the most controversial and censored films of all time, Oliver Reed gives his best ever performance as the 17th-century French priest destroyed by political manipulators, and Vanessa Redgrave is almost as good as a vengeful humpbacked nun; Derek Jarman's sets are nearly a match for them both, however.

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Credits

Cast

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Father Urbain GrandierOliver Reed
Sister JeanneVanessa Redgrave
Baron de LaubardemontDudley Sutton
IbertMax Adrian
MadeleineGemma Jones
MignonMurray Melvin
Father BarreMichael Gothard
PhilippeGeorgina Hale
AdamBrian Murphy
Cardinal RichelieuChristopher Logue
Louis XIIIGraham Armitage

Crew

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DirectorKen Russell

Details

Theatrical distributor
Russ Films
Released on
1971-07-25
Languages
English | Latin
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse and nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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