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Devils, The

Synopsis
In seventeenth-century France, Father Urbain Grandier (Oliver Reed), uses his powers to protect the city of Loudun from destruction at the hands of the establishment. Soon, he stands accused of the demonic possession of Sister Jeanne (Vanessa Redgrave), whose erotic obsession with him fuels the hysterical fervour that sweeps through the convent. This BFI release is of the original UK X-certificate version of Ken Russell’s film based on John Whiting’s stage play and Aldous Huxley’s novel. Hugely controversial at the time the film’s original release was delayed due to an ongoing battle with the BBFC and then subsequently banned by various local authorities. The BFI’s release includes audio commentary by director Ken Russell, film critic Mark Kermode and editor Mike Bradsell, as well as Paul Joyce’s 2002 documentary HELL ON EARTH which looks at the film’s production history and stormy reception and a booklet containing essays and notes by Mark Kermode, Craig Lapper of the BBFC and Sam Ashby.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
1971
Subjects
Film studies; Religious studies
Keywords
censorship; Religion

Credits

Director
Ken Russell
Cinematographer
David Watkin
Editor
Michael Bradsell
Production Design
Derek Jarman
Cast
Dudley Sutton 
Gemma Jones 
Murray Melvin 
Oliver Reed 
Vanessa Redgrave 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£16.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
107 minutes
Year
2012

Distributor

Name

BFI Video

Email
video.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7957 8957
Fax
020 7957 8968
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN
 

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