History Film / TheDevils

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.
19th Feb '15 6:49:32 AM 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.]]

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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.]]



* ExploitationFilm: As many critics have pointed out, it is hard to tell whether Ken Russell is genuinely interested in the supposed themes of religious faith and corrupt churchmen behind his fascination with lurid hypersexuality and shock value.

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* ExploitationFilm: As many critics have pointed out, it is it's hard to tell whether Ken Russell is genuinely interested in the supposed themes of religious faith and corrupt churchmen behind his fascination with lurid hypersexuality and shock value.
23rd Dec '14 5:35:35 PM CRE040295
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* ExecutiveMeddling: While Russell cut the infamous "Rape of Christ" scene personally, the film suffered major edits from British censors, then by American censors (whose cuts ironically were nowhere ''near'' as bad as what the British censors did to the film). For years the cut footage was presumed to be lost forever, until most of it was ultimately recovered; but while the "rape of Christ" sequences have been restored, the original ending (with Sister Jeanne using the charred bone of Grandier as a dildo) has yet to be found and possibly remains lost forever, though this might be for [[NauseaFuel the best]].



* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Still not available on DVD in the US; the main sources for obtaining the film either are the US edit VHS tape, importing the partially restored BFI DVD from the UK, or pirating it online
** Part of the problem is that Warner Brothers studio owns the US rights to the film and it has been stated that there are people in the studio who find the film to be blasphemous and not worth the shitstorm they fear would be unleashed if it ever saw the light of day in the US as far as the religious right's reaction. Furthermore, any release that the film has would be the heavily butchered US edit, as Warner Brother's contract is for that version and not the recently "restored" version.
** Similarly the rights to the documentary on the making/restoration of the film "Hell on Earth". It's been stated that Warner Brothers has no interest in the documentary whatsoever in the US.
3rd Sep '14 12:38:40 PM SpectralTime
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* ExploitationFilm: As many critics have pointed out, it is hard to tell whether Ken Russell is genuinely interested in the supposed themes of religious faith and corrupt churchmen behind his fascination with lurid hypersexuality and shock value.
3rd Sep '14 12:34:53 PM SpectralTime
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''The Devils'' is a 1971 biographical horror film by English enfant terrible, Creator/KenRussell. It tells the 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 true story [[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.
30th May '14 7:04:01 PM MirrorNoir
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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Still not available on DVD; the main sources for obtaining the film either are the US edit VHS tape or by way of obtaining online a copy of the restored edition that aired on British television a couple of years back.
** BFI finally put out an almost-complete DVD version in England in 2012, but there's still no Blu-ray or American release.

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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Still not available on DVD; DVD in the US; the main sources for obtaining the film either are the US edit VHS tape or by way of obtaining online a copy of tape, importing the partially restored edition BFI DVD from the UK, or pirating it online
** Part of the problem is
that aired on British television a couple Warner Brothers studio owns the US rights to the film and it has been stated that there are people in the studio who find the film to be blasphemous and not worth the shitstorm they fear would be unleashed if it ever saw the light of years back.
** BFI finally put out an almost-complete DVD
day in the US as far as the religious right's reaction. Furthermore, any release that the film has would be the heavily butchered US edit, as Warner Brother's contract is for that version and not the recently "restored" version.
** Similarly the rights to the documentary on the making/restoration of the film "Hell on Earth". It's been stated that Warner Brothers has no interest
in England the documentary whatsoever in 2012, but there's still no Blu-ray or American release.the US.
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