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Ken Russell's lost and often censored, The Devils (1971)

Started by Chopper, April 02, 2023, 11:52:32 PM

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Chopper

I saw this on Shudder when I used to have it and I thought it was a masterpiece.

Russell's direction in it is so spot in. He uses a lot of very simple yet stylish ways of framing the actors and shots.

And Oliver Reed was just amazing with his portrayal of a rather unorthodox priest.

(You might remember Reed as the whacky shrink in Cronenberg's The Brood).

Check it out if you can stream it. I would kill to get a hard copy of it but I don't think one has ever been made anywhere near North America.

Cheers!


Rev. Powell

If you have a region-free DVD player the BFI put out a pretty complete version. Some of the infamous "rape of Christ" scenes are included in documentary footage. Ken Russell could blaspheme like only a true Catholic believer can.
I'll take you places the hand of man has not yet set foot...

RCMerchant

I seen it many moons ago. Seems like it kicked off the Nunsploitaion genre.
Great film!

Supernatural?...perhaps. Baloney?...Perhaps not!" Bela Lugosi-the BLACK CAT (1934)
Interviewer-"Does Dracula ever end for you?
Lugosi-"No. Dracula-never ends."
Slobber, Drool, Drip!
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Trevor

We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.

Alex

Quote from: Trevor on April 04, 2023, 09:16:20 AM
Banned here sadly. 😕

I tend to assume that SA had banned a film by default and only very occasionally let films through.
I'll show you ruin
I'll show you heartbreak
I'll show you lonely
A sorrow in darkness

Trevor

Quote from: Alex on April 04, 2023, 09:34:28 AM
Quote from: Trevor on April 04, 2023, 09:16:20 AM
Banned here sadly. 😕

I tend to assume that SA had banned a film by default and only very occasionally let films through.

😆😆

These are the same schmucks that banned things like Black Beauty and TV 😳📺🐢
We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.

Chopper

Quote from: Rev. Powell on April 03, 2023, 01:07:23 AM
If you have a region-free DVD player the BFI put out a pretty complete version. Some of the infamous "rape of Christ" scenes are included in documentary footage. Ken Russell could blaspheme like only a true Catholic believer can.

Doh! I need a get a region free DVD and Bluray player. My current Bluray player is a little Phillips Walmart special.

It works great though!

@RC Merchant, Good point man! I never even thought about how it ignited the nunsploitation genre.

@Trevor, Awww! That stinks man. It's a great movie. Even controversial by today's standards.