Episode #49 - Nunsploitation: THE DEVILS (1971)
Updated: Dec 21, 2022
This month we are getting….sexy, perverse and blasphemous with NUNSPLOITATION! The movie up for discussion is Ken Russell’s infamous THE DEVILS (1971). We will explore the history of nunsploitation, the true events that inspired the film, and the ridiculous censorship that has plagued The Devils for 50 years!
So pick your poison and listen on….IF YOU DARE.
Enjoy and welcome to our dark side…
Intro/Outro Music: Robeast by Dance with the Dead
Artwork by: Jess Hrycyk
Editing work by: Jessica
LINKS TO PODCAST APPS/WHERE CAN LISTEN:
SoundCloud: Episode #49 - Nunsploitation: THE DEVILS (1971)
THE SPINSTER’S LIBRARY
Art and Popular Culture “Nunsploitation” http://www.artandpopularculture.com/Nunsploitation_film
Columbia College “ Pact allegedly signed between Urbain Grandier and the Devil, submitted as evidence during the 1634 Loudun Possession Trail” https://www.college.columbia.edu/core/content/pact-allegedly-signed-between-urbain-grandier-and-devil-submitted-evidence-during-1634-loudu
Corley. Alan “Lies and Heresy: Ken Russell’s The Devils at 50” Medium.com https://medium.com/fan-fare/lies-and-heresy-ken-russells-the-devils-at-50-5afd5c2b550a
Dry, Jude. “The Devils is Just as blasphemous, bawdy, and relevant today as it was when it was banned in 1971” IndieWire https://www.indiewire.com/2017/03/the-devils-ken-russell-banned-x-rated-1971-relevant-trump-era-controversial-1201795295/
Fisher, Jack. The Films of Ken Russell The Film Journal 1972-09 Vol 2 Issue 1 https://archive.org/details/sim_film-journal_1972-09_2_1/page/n35/mode/2up
Joyce, Paul. Hell on Earth: The Desecration and Resurrection of ‘The Devils’ UK. 2002 Lucide Productions
Narcan “Nunsploitation” The Grindhouse Cinema Database https://www.grindhousedatabase.com/index.php/Nunsploitation
Newton, James. “Nunsploitation: The Forgotten Cycle” Off Screen https://offscreen.com/view/nunsploitation
Robertson, James. The Hidden Cinema: British film censorship in action, 1913-1972. https://archive.org/details/hiddencinemabrit0000robe
Scovell, Adam. “ Why X-rated masterpiece The Devils is still being censored” BBC Culture https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210802-why-x-rated-masterpiece-the-devils-is-still-being-censored
Sight and Sound “Raising Hell” http://old.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/feature/81
Stephenson, Craig E. “Looking Back: The possessions at Loudun” The British Psychological Society https://www.bps.org.uk/psychologist/looking-back-possessions-loudun
The Infographics Show “The Demonic Possession of The Nuns of Loudun|” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dApwLJVI_e4 YoutTube
NEXT MONTH’S EPISODE ANNOUNCEMENT:
Next month we will be back with an episode on Original Vs the Remake and the films up for discussion are the French film Les Diaboliques from 1955 and its American remake Diabolique from 1996.
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