Friday, December 19, 2008

The Devils

United Kingdom 1971

Cardinal Richelieu and his power-hungry entourage seek to take control of seventeenth-century France, but need to destroy Father Grandier - the priest who runs the fortified town that prevents them from exerting total control. So they seek to destroy him by setting him up as a warlock in control of a devil-possessed nunnery, the mother superior of which is sexually obsessed by him. A mad witch-hunter is brought in to gather evidence against the priest, ready for the big tria

A truly controversial cult epic, indisputably. Surreal, twisted, intense, beautifully crafted, theatrically acted, Ken Russel's 1971 adaptation of Aldous Huxley's The Devil's of Loudon tests and redefines the boundaries of mainstream cinema even to this day. The story is based on real accounts of 17th century France, The Devil's is about an angry political era of corruption on all fronts namely, religious power and sexual indignation. Considered one of the most important works of post war British cinema the film was definitely banned, damned and ridiculed upon it's release. the original version was cut dramatically of it's key scenes by censors declaring the sections too graphic for the public eye and mind. The visual aspects of this masterpiece is truly devine on levels easily rivaling Jodorowsky and Kubrick. Truly magnificent.

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