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1,518 Ratings

The Devils

Directed by Ken Russell
United Kingdom, 1971


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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The Devils Directed by Ken Russell

Critics reviews

Perhaps one of the most controversial films ever made, it takes the historical story of a French priest put to death for supposedly being a witch and forms from it a searing, perversely explicit critique of organized religion and fanaticism. But leaving aside the crazed visuals, performances, and sets, there is the incredible anchoring performance of Oliver Reed, a voice of reason in the madness and an exemplar of individual faith every bit the equal of Falconetti in The Passion of Joan of Arc.
March 01, 2017
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The film maintains an unrelenting air of hysteria that makes the bold, psychosexual imagery seem that much more provocative… Past and present bleed into each other to hallucinogenic effect, while Russell’s sincere interest in religious and political history vies with his strong desire to gross people out.
September 23, 2016
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