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I am a devout Christian. I highly recommend Ken Russell's film because it is not about being Christian. It is about the pretensions of Christians about Christianity. It is about the hypocrisy of this in the guise of political ambition. What is brilliant about the film is how it balances the source material(Whiting's play and Huxleys book) to come up with a brilliant cinematic rendering. It is Russell's greatest achievement and one of the most compelling pieces in the history of cinema.
- Mike Weigand
Warner Home Video recently "announced" that "The Devils" would be released on DVD, then withdrew the announcement (what seemed like) moments later. For shame. There are thousands of movies available on home video; unfortunately, one of the most powerful films, "The Devils," remains in locked in the vault. Will the world ever see the uncut 111-min. version of this potent film? We can only hope. If you want to see Oliver Reed's best performance, you'll find it here.
Ken Russell's insane masterpiece
- Ernesto Catalan
In a day and era where almost anything's available at the tip of your fingers, it is a sad truth that Ken Russell's insane 1971 masterpiece, "THE DEVILS" is yet to appear in a legitimate, special edition form on DVD. Based on actual facts taken place in France in the 1600's, "THE DEVILS" is the absorbing story of father Grandier, the priest and temporary governor of the small fortress/town of Loudon, a place where all religions are respected as long as they contribute to the well of the city. Apparently, all powerful cardinal Richeliu does not approve of this and wants to tear down all fortifications within France in order to build a unified nation. How do you overthrow a charismatic Priest who has the full support of his people? Well, you make up some story that he posseses nuns and has commerce with devils and burn him at the stake! More that a religious movie, "THE DEVILS" is more political than anything else, and it shows the inmense influence of the church in matters that are not entirely their own; something that STILL goes on to this very day. If that's an uncomfortable premise to the squeamish, devout catholics, then "THE DEVILS" is not for you: Ken Russell tells this particular story with such gusto that to this day it remains my favorite of his movies. Sure, there are people hacked and maimed, and are nuns runninng around naked and performing shameful acts, but that's where the beauty of this film lies. It provokes and makes you think that these very same conspiracies go about to this very date.
I agree with the previous reviewer.
This movie is quintessential Ken Russell. Not for the fainthearted or devout Catholic. I'd like to see the uncut version that shows what Vanessa Redgrave does with her crucifix.
Absolutely insane, compelling, and blasphemous
- Ben Peeples
If you are a devout Christian, do yourself a favor, NEVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WATCH THIS FILM. For the rest of us (agnostics, atheists) it's a compelling tale, but it's extremely hard to take, incredibly violent, and has some of the most shocking scenes ever committed to celluloid. I loved it in spite of the whole 'sensationalist' aspect, would love to see it played on TCM (although they should definetly put a warning before it) and see it released on DVD completely uncut (hey, Paramount put out "1900").