Devils (1971)

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Directed by: Ken Russell
Starring: Oliver Reed (Grandier), Vanessa Redgrave (Sister Jeanne), Gemma Jones (Madeleine)
Country: UK, European Cinema
Language: English (English subs)
Runtime: 01:53:38
Genres: Based on a True Story, Nunsploitation, BDSM, Violence against Men, Sexual-Violence against Women, Religion, Torture

Plot – Spoilers:
The Devils is loosely based on the historical character Grandier from 17th century France.

Grandier is a Catholic priest in a time when Protestants are hated and persecuted. Though just a priest, Grandier’s power and influence on his town Loudun is cult-like. The women, especially the nuns in the town’s convent, swoon at his very mention. And the men grudgingly admire his philandering skills while respecting his preeminent position in defending the town against the nobility’s attempts to expand their influence into the town.

It’s almost like Grandier was aptly named, for such is his sexual grandeur, the mother superior of the convent Sister Jeanne tortures herself into ecstasy while dreaming about him. Eventually, Grandier falls victim to his ways when he secretly marries a virgin wannabe-nun and the nobility and his enemies congregate to wreck him.

The Cut featured here includes the controversial Rape of Christ scene that was banned from most versions of the movie.

11 thoughts on “Devils (1971)

  • June 16, 2019 at 10:34 pm
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    i saw this in the theater with the cut scene included back in 1971.
    thanks for posting this.

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  • May 16, 2020 at 6:41 pm
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    Very nice movie, I saw nothing so brutal to forbite the world to watch this.

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  • August 3, 2020 at 11:36 pm
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    I thought this movie was just okay. Vanessa Redgrave was fascinating as the hunchbacked sexually repressed nun. Had she been the main character it would have been a great movie. But as it is it’s mostly Oliver Reed screaming a lot. It’s worth it though just to see Redgrave’s few scenes.

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  • September 6, 2020 at 2:18 am
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    The hype is better than the film. The set design and costumes are amazing.

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  • November 3, 2020 at 8:48 am
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    Powerful movie, must be a shocking movie back in 1970’s when church still was worshipped.

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  • November 14, 2020 at 5:08 pm
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    Rape of Christ Szene ist unvollständig und stark beschnitten.

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    • November 15, 2020 at 4:09 pm
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      Disagree, but there is a possibility…

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  • March 29, 2021 at 12:15 pm
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    Saw this on VHS years ago with some jumpy scenes, obviously where the censors made the cuts. Great to see it in its entirety here on EUM, there are certainly a lot of extra scenes in this version. I can imagine the fuss this film would have caused back in 1971 with its religious blasphemies. It may not have the same impact now, but its still quite shocking in its portrayal. I really enjoyed it, it wasnt low budget and a lot of thought went into making it. And it was directed by Ken Russell, one of the big directors of the 70s and 80s. Awesome film!

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  • May 17, 2021 at 6:31 pm
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    is this the uncut version?

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  • June 6, 2021 at 9:06 pm
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    This is an amazing movie; thank you for posting.

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