The Devils

Synopsis: Cardinal Richelieu and his power-hungry entourage seek to take control of seventeenth-century France, but need to destroy Father Grandier - the priest who runs the fortified town that prevents them from exerting total control. So they seek to destroy him by setting him up as a warlock in control of a devil-possessed nunnery, the mother superior of which is sexually obsessed by him. A mad witch-hunter is brought in to gather evidence against the priest, ready for the big trial.
Director(s): Ken Russell
Production: Warner Bros.
  4 wins.
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111 min


His Majesty has triumphed again!

I did pale beside the radiance

of His Majesty.

I didn't know

she was interested in religion.

I wonder who

His Majesty will favour today?.

What divine benevolence.

- I haven't seen her at court before.

- What some people will do.

Really. Provincial bitch.

Encore! Encore! Encore!

A most original conception,

Your Majesty,

the birth of Venus.

I pray that I may assist you

in the birth of a new France,

where Church and State are one.


And may the Protestant be driven

from the land.

Come on, you Protestant bastards!

Come on, keep moving!

Put your back into it!



Get on! Come on, there! Move!

I won't tell you again.

Pull, you Protestant pigs! Pull!

Push it!

The religious wars

are over.

Catholic no longer fights

with Protestant.

We have survived.

And we owe our survival

to the wisdom and to the humanity

of one man,

Georges de Sainte Marthe,

Governor of Loudun.

For it was he

who prevailed upon all faiths alike

to keep the peace.

And thus saved our city

from self-destruction.

Other towns were less fortunate.

And now our friend has been killed

by the plague.

People of Loudun,

as often as you see our city walls

standing, still proud and erect,

no matter what your faith,

then surely you must feel a need

to build a temple in your hearts

in remembrance of he

who preserved them for you.

- Amen.

- Amen.

- Oh, hurry up, it's my turn now!

- It's not! I haven't seen anything yet.

If they don't hurry, he'll be gone!

Is he as handsome as they say?.

Oh, I can't see...

Yes! I can see the procession.

It's coming up the steps!

But I can't see

whether he's handsome yet.

Yes! I can see him!

He's the most beautiful man

in the world!

Sister Agnes! Sister Agnes!

Sister Agnes!

Sister Agnes! Sister Agnes!

Why have you left your devotions?.

They were watching Father Grandier.

We wanted to see the funeral procession

of Monsieur Sainte Marthe,

Reverend Mother.

Satan is ever-ready to seduce us

with sensual delights.

Your prayers for Sainte Marthe

will be the more zealous

for not seeing his funeral.

That is the strength

of the enclosed order.

Yes, I know, Reverend Mother,

but it was a solemn Requiem

and the Cardinal would have given us

a dispensation to attend.

The powers of your uncle the Cardinal

are not in dispute, Sister Agnes.

You are not satisfied

with the contemplative life.

You should have joined the Poor Clares,

nursed the victims of the plague,

scrubbed out their vermin-ridden hovels.

- But Mother, I love our order.

- Then you shall combine the two,

scrub out the convent from top to bottom

on your knees

and pray for the soul

of the dead man at the same time.

Every Tuesday afternoon, an hour in bed

with the lace-maker's widow,

then off to take confession.

I mean, the hypocrisy of it.

It's no worse than

his penitents, the pretty ones, anyway.

They do it right there,

in the sacristy, almost in front of

the blessed sacrament.

Grandier could have me

anywhere, even on the Holy Altar itself.

- Shh! That's sacrilege!

- Look, there he is!

Now, there's a man

well worth going to Hell for, eh?.

Don't look at me!

Don't look at me! Don't look at me!

I'm beautiful! I'm beautiful!

Take away my hump.

Take away my hump.

Take away my hump.

Christ, let me find a way to you.

Take me in your sacred arms.

Let the blood flow between us,

uniting us.



Translate as you go, line by line.

"Pleasure in lust is nasty

and short and sickness."


"And weariness follows on desire."

Go on.

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Ken Russell

Henry Kenneth Alfred Russell (3 July 1927 – 27 November 2011) was an English film director, known for his pioneering work in television and film and for his flamboyant and controversial style. His films in the main were liberal adaptations of existing texts, or biographies, notably of composers of the Romantic era. Russell began directing for the BBC, where he made creative adaptations of composers' lives which were unusual for the time. He also directed many feature films independently and for studios. He is best known for his Oscar-winning film Women in Love (1969), The Devils (1971), The Who's Tommy (1975), and the science fiction film Altered States (1980). Russell also directed several films based on the lives of classical music composers, such as Elgar, Delius, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, and Liszt.Film critic Mark Kermode, speaking in 2006, and attempting to sum up the director's achievement, called Russell, "somebody who proved that British cinema didn't have to be about kitchen-sink realism—it could be every bit as flamboyant as Fellini. Later in his life he turned to making low-budget experimental films such as Lion's Mouth and Revenge of the Elephant Man, and they are as edgy and 'out there' as ever".Critics have accused him of being obsessed with sexuality and the Catholic Church. more…

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