Cardinal Richelieu and his power-hungry entourage seek to take control of seventeenth-century France, but need to destroy Father Grandier to do so. They seek to destroy him by setting him up as a warlock in control of a devil-possessed nunnery.
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Essential cinema. One of the most under-rated and subversive films of the seventies has lost none of its' power to shock and fascinate. Russell's wicked attack on faith and 'the church' faced censorship issues everywhere on release and is such a fascinating mix of history, black humour and near surrealism. Reed's best performance with interesting turns from all. Artisans committed with mentions to music and sets.
Ken Russell riffs in later Fellini territory (this would make a great double feature with Satyricon) while making a grotesque thrill ride through religious corruption. At times brutal, at other times borderlines self-parody . Regardless, the movie is filled with hysteria and constant gesture.
I literally fall in love with Vanessa Redgrave in this film! But as "Cinematic" mentioned before, the scenario would have been much clear and strong in the beginning. Still, a cult film to be remembered about how all religions deceive and sedate people.
Pigs have flown - http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0065N0SN0/melonfarmers-21. Sadly its not the 2004 restored version, but that fact that in 2012 the British may finally get The Devils on DVD is something to celebrate.
The apotheosis of Russell's career: a savagely stylish magpie combining political corruption, fetid sexuality and such thunderous iconiclasm that it smacks you in the face, crotch and stomach. Despite some tonal imbalances - which actually reward return viewing once you have the measure of the film - it's an imperfect masterpiece.
Ken Russell's blasphemous masterpiece takes religious satire to its most delirious extreme. Extraordinary visual imagery (with outlandish and unique sets designed by Derek Jarman) and superb performances - Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave have created two of the screen's most memorable characters - it's a fantastic smorgasbord of sex, violence, and bizarre humor. Absolutely not for all tastes, but for those who appre
Oliver Reed gives an outstanding performance in Ken Russell's fiendish, macabre and utterly delirious parade that shows through a pinhole the dangers and excesses of superstition in the dark ages of christianity.