History Film / TheDevils

10th Nov '16 5:10:11 PM Bergamot
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Because the film contains such [[SarcasmMode family-friendly scenes]] as [[ItMakesSenseInContext nuns raping a statue of Jesus]] before [[EverybodyHasLotsOfSex having a massive orgy]], the film was condemned by virtually every moral guardian at the time of its release, and cut to ribbons on various cinema releases. The film remains unleased on DVD and [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes its US rights holders (Warner Video) has yet to release it]].

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Because the film contains such [[SarcasmMode family-friendly scenes]] as [[ItMakesSenseInContext nuns raping a statue of Jesus]] before [[EverybodyHasLotsOfSex having a massive orgy]], the film was condemned by virtually every moral guardian at the time of its release, and cut to ribbons on various cinema releases. The film remains unleased unreleased on DVD and [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes its US rights holders (Warner Video) has yet to release it]].it]]. Its reputation may have inadvertently led to the rise of nunsploitation films in the decade after its release.



* AsceticAesthetic: The walled city of Loudon, as well as much of the interior of the convent, are all sterile white spaces and harsh vertical and horizontal angles. By contrast, most of the scenes outside these two sets are rocky wildernesses.



* ChickMagnet: Every woman who sees Grandier wants him. It's not so much that they lust after him, but that they seem to instantly fall ''in love'' with him, to the point that Grandier almost seems bored with all this devotion.



* HollywoodHomely: Rather the inverse of InformedAttractiveness below. Sister Jeanne states that most of the nuns came to the convent because they were too old and ugly to be marriageable, yet as Roger Ebert observes in the page quote, the nuns are to a woman young and voluptuous.



* MagnificentBastard: Arguably Grandier, who ruthlessly games the system and while seducing and abandoning women...but still comes off as the most charismatic and engaging (if not exactly likeable) character in the film.



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%% * VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStoryVeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Based on the historical Loudon possessions of 1634.
10th Nov '16 4:40:43 PM Bergamot
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''The Devils'' is a 1971 biographical horror film by English ''enfant terrible'', Creator/KenRussell. It tells the [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory semi-true story]] of Urbain Grandier (OliverReed), a priest living in 17th-century France who is forced to defend his town of Loudon from the Roman Catholic church, whose leaders want it torn down. The Church decides to instigate a conspiracy against Grandier, framing him for demonic possession of a local nun, Sister Jeanne (Vannessa Redgrave), who is sexually obsessed with Grandier, and the perfect target for the Church's manipulation.

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''The Devils'' is a 1971 biographical horror film by English ''enfant terrible'', Creator/KenRussell. It tells the [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory semi-true story]] of Urbain Grandier (OliverReed), a priest living in 17th-century France who is forced to defend his town of Loudon from the Roman Catholic church, whose leaders want it torn down. The Church decides to instigate a conspiracy against Grandier, framing him for demonic possession of a local nun, Sister Jeanne (Vannessa (Vanessa Redgrave), who is sexually obsessed with Grandier, and the perfect target for the Church's manipulation.
28th Sep '16 8:18:50 AM NWolfman
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* InformedAttractiveness: Oliver Reed as Grandier. Reed certainly wasn't ''un''attractive, but it's difficult to imagine someone who looked like him to have the ability to send chaste nuns into fits of repressed horniness.
28th Sep '16 8:15:06 AM NWolfman
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Because the film contains many lovely scenes – such as nuns raping a statue of Jesus before having a massive orgy – the film was condemned by virtually every moral guardian at the time of its release, and cut to ribbons on various cinema releases. The film remains unleased on DVD and its US rights holders (Warner Video) has yet to release it .

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Because the film contains many lovely scenes – such [[SarcasmMode family-friendly scenes]] as [[ItMakesSenseInContext nuns raping a statue of Jesus Jesus]] before [[EverybodyHasLotsOfSex having a massive orgy – orgy]], the film was condemned by virtually every moral guardian at the time of its release, and cut to ribbons on various cinema releases. The film remains unleased on DVD and [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes its US rights holders (Warner Video) has yet to release it .it]].
2nd Sep '16 4:12:10 PM Dravencour
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''The Devils'' is a 1971 biographical horror film by English enfant terrible, Creator/KenRussell. It tells the [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory semi-true story]] of Urbain Grandier (OliverReed), a priest living in 17th-century France who is forced to defend his town of Loudon from the Roman Catholic church, whose leaders want it torn down. The Church decides to instigate a conspiracy against Grandier, framing him for demonic possession of a local nun, Sister Jeanne (Vannessa Redgrave), who is sexually obsessed with Grandier, and the perfect target for the Church's manipulation.

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''The Devils'' is a 1971 biographical horror film by English enfant terrible, ''enfant terrible'', Creator/KenRussell. It tells the [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory semi-true story]] of Urbain Grandier (OliverReed), a priest living in 17th-century France who is forced to defend his town of Loudon from the Roman Catholic church, whose leaders want it torn down. The Church decides to instigate a conspiracy against Grandier, framing him for demonic possession of a local nun, Sister Jeanne (Vannessa Redgrave), who is sexually obsessed with Grandier, and the perfect target for the Church's manipulation.
6th Oct '15 2:18:07 PM MCanter89
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** Grandier utterly underestimates how dire the political game in France was at the time, and is rather naive in thinking himself untouchable - as well as the fact that the town's Catholic/Protestant unity would make it a target for those wanting to wipe out the Protestants.

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** Grandier utterly underestimates how dire the political game in France was at the time, and is rather naive in thinking himself untouchable - – as well as the fact that the town's Catholic/Protestant unity would make it a target for those wanting to wipe out the Protestants.
6th Oct '15 2:17:11 PM MCanter89
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Because the film contains many lovely scenes - such as nuns raping a statue of Jesus before having a massive orgy - the film was condemned by virtually every moral guardian at the time of its release, and cut to ribbons on various cinema releases. The film remains unleased on DVD and its US rights holders (Warner Video) has yet to release it .

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Because the film contains many lovely scenes - – such as nuns raping a statue of Jesus before having a massive orgy - – the film was condemned by virtually every moral guardian at the time of its release, and cut to ribbons on various cinema releases. The film remains unleased on DVD and its US rights holders (Warner Video) has yet to release it .



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: The walls of Loudon are demolished, possibly killing quite a few people in the process. Grandier is tortured and eventually burned alive. The possession is revealed as false, but no one cares. The one man who believed Grandier was innocent is committed to an asylum, and the "exorcist" who tortured the nuns disappears to do more evil. Madeleine survives and is released but has lost ''everything'' and is clearly traumatized, and walks away from the ruined city into the wilderness, while the landscape is covered by spikes with bodies broken on wheels, showing the costs of the Wars of Religion.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The walls of Loudon are demolished, possibly killing quite a few people in the process. Grandier is tortured and eventually burned alive. The possession is revealed as false, but no one cares. The one man who believed Grandier was innocent is committed to an asylum, and the "exorcist" who tortured the nuns disappears to do more evil. Madeleine survives and is released but has lost ''everything'' and is clearly traumatized, and walks away from the ruined city into the wilderness, while the landscape is covered by spikes with bodies broken on wheels, showing the costs of the Wars of Religion.]]



* NaughtyNuns: In spades. Sister Jeanne has lurid sexual fantasies about Grandier, mostly involving him as a Jesus-like figure. This eventually causes her descent into madness. The other nuns are not above this kind of behavior, either. They're manipulated by the Church into stripping off ''in'' the church, desecrating the iconography, and eventually losing themselves in one enormous orgy......it's that kind of movie.

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* NaughtyNuns: In spades. Sister Jeanne has lurid sexual fantasies about Grandier, mostly involving him as a Jesus-like figure. This eventually causes her descent into madness. The other nuns are not above this kind of behavior, either. They're manipulated by the Church into stripping off ''in'' the church, desecrating the iconography, and eventually losing themselves in one enormous orgy......orgy… it's that kind of movie.
28th Jul '15 2:09:06 PM Ciara25
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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: The walls of Loudon are demolished, possibly killing quite a few people in the process. Grandier is tortured and eventually burned alive. The possession is revealed as false, but no one cares. The one man who believed Grandier was innocent is committed to an asylum, and the "exorcist" who tortured the nuns disappears to do more evil. Madeleine survives and is released but has lost everything and is clearly traumatized, and walks away from the ruined city into the wilderness, the landscape is covered by spikes with bodies broken on wheels, showing the costs of the Wars of Religion.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: The walls of Loudon are demolished, possibly killing quite a few people in the process. Grandier is tortured and eventually burned alive. The possession is revealed as false, but no one cares. The one man who believed Grandier was innocent is committed to an asylum, and the "exorcist" who tortured the nuns disappears to do more evil. Madeleine survives and is released but has lost everything ''everything'' and is clearly traumatized, and walks away from the ruined city into the wilderness, while the landscape is covered by spikes with bodies broken on wheels, showing the costs of the Wars of Religion.]]
9th May '15 5:53:17 AM JulianLapostat
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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: The walls of Loudon are demolished, possibly killing quite a few people in the process. Grandier is tortured and eventually burned alive. The possession is revealed as false, but no one cares. The one man who believed Grandier was innocent is committed to an asylum, and the "exorcist" who tortured the nuns disappears to do more evil. Madeleine survives and is released but has lost everything and is clearly traumatized, and walks away from the ruined city into the wilderness.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: The walls of Loudon are demolished, possibly killing quite a few people in the process. Grandier is tortured and eventually burned alive. The possession is revealed as false, but no one cares. The one man who believed Grandier was innocent is committed to an asylum, and the "exorcist" who tortured the nuns disappears to do more evil. Madeleine survives and is released but has lost everything and is clearly traumatized, and walks away from the ruined city into the wilderness.wilderness, the landscape is covered by spikes with bodies broken on wheels, showing the costs of the Wars of Religion.]]
27th Feb '15 6:47:58 PM Fireblood
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* CampGay: Louis XIII

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* CampGay: Louis XIIIXIII.
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