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The Devils Details

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The Devils was the [[Performer~P109334~Ken Russell~kenrussell]] film version of the controversial play by [[Performer~P116642~John Whiting~johnwhiting]]. The story, based on [[Performer~P161506~Aldous Huxley~aldoushuxley]]'s The Devils of Loudun, concerns controversial 17th century French priest Urbain Grandier, whose radical political and religious notions and profligate sex life earn him many enemies. When a group of nuns appears to have been "bewitched" by Grandier, his rivals feed on the resulting mass hysteria, using this incident as an excuse to have the priest arrested. Refusing to confess to being in league with Satan and to renounce his "heretical" views, Grandier undergoes appalling tortures, and is finally burned at the stake. [[Performer~P59206~Vanessa Redgrave~vanessaredgrave]] co-stars as the head nun. Due to censorship issues in virtually every country in which The Devils has been released, running times vary greatly. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:July 16, 1971

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Board of Review Ken Russell Best Director 1971 Winner
Venice International Film Festival Ken Russell Film Presented 1971 Nominee

Cast

Vanessa Redgrave
as Sister Jeanne
Oliver Reed
as Urbain Grandier
Dudley Sutton
as Baron de Laubardemont
Max Adrian
as Ibert
Gemma Jones
as Madeleine
Murray Melvin
as Mignon
Georgina Hale
as Philippe
Doremy Vernon
as Nun
Christopher Logue
as Cardinal Richelieu
Michael Gothard
as Father Barre
Catherine Willmer
as Sister Catherine
Andrew Faulds
as Rangier
John Woodvine
as Trincant
Judith Paris
as Sister Judith
Kenneth Colley
as Legrand
Graham Armitage
as Louis XIII

Crew

Ken Russell
Director
Ken Russell
Producer
Robert Solo
Producer
John Whiting
Book Author
Ken Russell
Screenwriter
David Watkin
Cinematographer
David Munrow
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Bradsell
Editor
Derek Jarman
Production Designer
Robert Cartwright
Art Director
Roy Baird
Associate Producer
Derek Jarman
Set Designer
Shirley Russell
Costume Designer
John Richardson
Special Effects
Terry Gilbert
Choreography
Neville C. Thompson
Production Manager
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