Joan of the Angels?


1h 48m 1962

Brief Synopsis

Set in the 17th century. A convent in a small town is being visited by high-ranking Catholic official trying to exorcise the nun supposedly posessed by demons. A local priest have been burnt for creating this condition by sexual temptation of the nuns, especially the Mother superior who bring on the collective hysteria of the group. There is another young priest who is to help with the exorcism. His first meeting with the convent head, Mother Joanne of the Angels, has her seemingly posessed by Satan - she yells blasphemies and incites the priest. She begs the priest to save her and to help her to be a saint. To help her, he kills two innocent people to be forever a prey of the devil and thus allow her freedom.

Film Details

Also Known As
Matka Joanna od Aniolów, Mother Joan of the Angels?
Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
New York opening: 7 May 1962
Production Company
KADR Film Unit
Distribution Company
Telepix Corp.
Country
Poland
Location
Poland
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Matka Joanna od Aniolów" in Nowa milosc i inne opowiadania by Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz (Warsaw, 1946).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 48m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

Joan of the Angels, the Mother Superior of a convent of Ursuline nuns in 17th-century Poland, is reportedly possessed by demons. The parish priest has already been burned at the stake for fathering her two children, four other priests have tried in vain to exorcise the evil spirits, and the other convent nuns (except Sister Margaret) have followed their superior's example by allowing minor demons to enter into their own bodies and souls. Now it is up to Father Jozef Suryn, a devout and humble priest, to restore Mother Joan to her former saintliness. He too fails, despite prayers, self-flagellation, and all known methods of exorcism. Frightened, he goes for advice to an elderly rabbi, who warns him that what he is combating in the convent may be only human nature. Gradually Father Suryn realizes that Mother Joan's physical needs are becoming his own, and he finds himself more and more emotionally drawn to the tormented woman. Late one night, in a desperate attempt to save her, he slays two innocent stable grooms, thereby offering his own soul to the demons that possess Mother Joan. Later he meets Sister Margaret, who has spent the night with, and then been abandoned by, a lustful nobleman. Father Suryn orders the sobbing young woman to return to the convent and tell Mother Joan of the sacrifice he has made on her behalf.

Film Details

Also Known As
Matka Joanna od Aniolów, Mother Joan of the Angels?
Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
New York opening: 7 May 1962
Production Company
KADR Film Unit
Distribution Company
Telepix Corp.
Country
Poland
Location
Poland
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Matka Joanna od Aniolów" in Nowa milosc i inne opowiadania by Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz (Warsaw, 1946).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 48m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

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Trivia

Notes

Released in Poland in 1961 as Matka Joanna od Aniolów; original running time: 125 min and 105 min. Also known as: Mother Joan of the Angels?

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1962

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival.

Released in United States 1962

Released in United States November 1972

Released in United States July 2000

Shown at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival July 5-15, 2000.

Based on actual events at Loudon, Poland.

Released in United States July 2000 (Shown at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival July 5-15, 2000.)

Released in United States November 1972 (Shown at FILMEX: Los Angeles International Film Exposition (Special Programs) November 9-19, 1972.)