The Devils

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The Devils is a British historical drama that can also be considered to be a horror film. This movie is based partially off of a play with the same name. It is also based off a book called The Devils of Loudun. The movie follows the rise and fall of Urbain Grandier who was a Roman Catholic priest that was accused of practicing witchcraft and sentenced to death. Due to scenes of violence, sex, and religious content this film has received an X rating and has been banned in several countries.

Cardinal Richelieu lived in the 17th century in France. He is able to convince Louis Xlll to demolish cities to keep the Protestant people from uprising against him. In the city of Loudun the governor has died leaving Grandier in charge. The prist is having an affair with Father Nignon. At the name time a nun named Sister Jeanne is obsessed with him in a sexual way. Grandier marries another woman which makes Sister Jeanne go insane. She attacks his new wife.

While this is going on the city is sentenced to be demolished after all. Grandier goes to visit the king in an effort to stop this. Sister Jeanne accuses him of witchcraft during this time and claims he had her possessed. Grandier is also accused of plotting with the Devil. A witch hunting expert is brought in to find evidence of this. Sister Jeanne claims the other nuns were processed as well. All the nuns seem to go crazy and have a massive group sexual experience in which a state of Christ is desecrated.

When Grandier returns to town he is arrested. He is tortured and ordered to die. He is burnt at the stake while claiming that he is innocent. Sister Jeanne is given his bone in which she uses them for inappropriate actions. The city is then destroyed and everyone involved in this ordeal goes onto another place.

| 1971 | 1 hr 51 min | 7.8/10 | 49/100
Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed, Dudley Sutton, Max Adrian
Ken Russell
Produced By
Ken Russell, Robert H. Solo
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