Directed by: Ken Russel Year of release: 1971 Run time: 111min
The Devils is a powerful, unforgettable meditation on faith, religion, lust, political corruption and human nature. Directed by Ken Russel it is also a sight to behold; every frame seems to be filled with sometimes beautiful sometimes horrific but always mesmerizing imagery and the atmosphere is one of both sexuality and apocalyptic doom. The acting is spectacular; particularly Oliver Reed who plays the protagonist, a controversial and powerful priest in a plague devastated 17th century French city who becomes a target of the church and the dark sexual obsession of a crippled nun. Both of these forces combine with catastrophic results for both the city and Reeds character. Disturbing, visionary and thought provoking, The Devils is true cinematic masterpiece.
Available uncut on Region 1 DVD from Euro Cult