#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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 trial.
Plot: A dramatised historical account of the rise and fall of Urbain Grandier, a 17th-century Roman Catholic priest accused of witchcraft following alleged demonic possessions of sexually repressed nuns.
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Ken Russell’s little known masterpiece
A few movies are so controversial that the Movie industry does their best to kill them off (see Terry Gilliams’ “Brazil”). Such was the case with “The Devils” First, to clear a few things up…this did NOT come from a play, nor was it a novel. It is based on Aldous Huxley’s painstakingly researched religious history of the famous Loudun exorcisms during the time of Richelieu. The book may be out of print, but my wife found a copy published in 1952 by Chatto & Windus. There are some more recent publications, but this one is lovely, with an engraving of Bishop Urban Grandier(the main character) dating back to 1627. Huxley actually includes original letters, which still exist, written by the participants of this travesty. Much of the dialogue of the film is directly from Huxley. The vision however is uniquely Russell’s. When this movie was originally released, it was given an X rating, not due to sex, or even violence, although there is some of each. The plain fact is that the film in its original form is simply overpowering. The Movie Review board thought so! I was fortunate enough to see the original uncut version, rated X at the local art-house upon its release. This film is a shortened version. While still worthwhile, this film absolutely SCREAMS for a Criterion Collection restoration to its original (brilliant) form.
“Sin may be caught as easily as the plague.” Controversial mix of sex, violence & religion.
The Devils is set in France during 1634 in a walled protestant town called Loudun which has just reached a truce with the rest of a mainly catholic France, the town is run by Father Urbain Grandier (Oliver Reed) an adulterous God loving man. However the power hungry Cardinal Richelieu (Christopher Logue) wants the catholic church to seize complete control of France & orders the destruction of Loudun, Father Grandier knows King Louis XIII (Graham Armitage) would not have sanctioned it & manages to stop the destruction. Cardinal Richelieu sees this as a temporary set back since he cannot convince King Louis to allow it, Richelieu sends in magistrate Baron Laubardemont (Dudley Sutton) & extremist Father Barre (Michael Gothard) to discredit Grandier & see that the destruction of Loudun can continue…
This British production was written, produced & directed by Ken Russell & is certainly a memorable way to spend a couple of hours. The script was apparently based upon a play by John Whiting & the novel ‘The Devils of Loudon’ by Aldous Huxley & claims to be based on truth. To be honest I am not a religious person & I openly & freely admit I haven’t even read the bible so I cannot express any personal opinion about how The Devils relates to anything in either a good or bad way in the bible or religion in general. What I can express an opinion about though is whether The Devils is a good film or not & I firmly believe it is for those with loose enough sensibilities, it’s a powerful film that maybe has some truth behind it, it paints a somewhat unflattering picture of the Church & the abuse of the power it had during the 17th Century over God fearing people, a power which it brutally exploited to it’s own ends according to The Devils. From torture to false confessions to sexual deviancy The Devils isn’t dull that’s for sure, whether or not you will enjoy it depends on your tolerance levels for such material which deliberately mixes sex, religion & violence in a provocative way. I think it’s a good film with strong character’s, a good solid plot which you have to concentrate on to follow & some poetic dialogue. It’s a bit slow in places & some of it is a little over-the-top but that adds to the entertainment value.
Director Russell does a great job & The Devils looks simply sumptuous with brilliant sets including the white tiled Loudun which gives the film a clean sort of feel & an unusual look. The costumes are detailed as is the period setting in general. The film oozes style & visual flair with some beautiful yet at the same time disturbing scenes featuring naked Nun’s, torture, religious fanaticism & sex set against the impressively realised backdrop of 17th Century France. The Devils has become controversial because of it’s mix of sex, violence & religion & while there are a few graphic scenes this probably shocked more back in 1971 than does in 2007. There is a fair amount of nudity but only one tame sex scene, while most of the female cast get their clothes off there is no male nudity, there are a couple of off screen enemas, there’s a couple of torture scenes involving someones legs being broken & a pin stuck through someones tongue, there is implied masturbation, someone is agonisingly burned at the stake, victims of the plague are seen dumped into huge pits that contains 100’s of bodies & a scenes when a sick woman has wasp’s in jars attached to her body as a ‘cure’. I personally didn’t think it was quite as shocking as it’s generally made out to be.
Technically the film is top notch with fine cinematography, high production values & good music. Set in France The Devils was actually shot at Pinewood Studios here in England. The acting is very strong here with a career best from Oliver Reed, he certainly though it was his best performance.
The Devils has a big reputation to live up & while I think it can’t quite manage it it’s still a challenging film which deals with issues many may not agree with or want to watch. I liked it for what it is but then I’m not religious in any way so it didn’t offend me in the way it might other’s. A strong film & worth watching for those with the stomach.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 51 min (111 min), 1 hr 57 min (117 min) (restored) (UK)
Genre Biography, Drama, History
Director Ken Russell
Writer Ken Russell (screenplay), John Whiting (based on the play by), Aldous Huxley (novel)
Actors Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed, Dudley Sutton, Max Adrian
Awards 4 wins.
Production Company Warner Brothers, Russo Productions
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 2.20 : 1 (70 mm prints), 2.35 : 1
Film Length 3,060 m (1971) (before censorship) (Finland)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 70 mm (blow-up), 35 mm