THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 17
THE DEVILS (1971)
Directed by Ken Russell
This is Ken Russell’s infamous film which was banned in very many countries and heavily censored in the countries where it was shown. Back in the 70s, this film was banned from Italy and its stars Vanessa Redgrave and Oliver Reed were threatened with three years of jail-time if they set foot in that country. It’s a true story based on the documentation in Aldous Huxley’s bookThe Devils of Loudun.
Set in the 17th Century, the priest Father Grandier leads the congregation of the church in the city of Loudun, France. He was reported to be an extremely handsome man, and soon the women at the nunnery start having wild sexual dreams at night involving Father Grandier. The conclusion? That Father Grandier is the devil and that he is trying to possess them. The political landscape is set under the French court of Cardinal Richelieu, and a witch-hunter is sent to the city to exorcise the priest.
A film about sexual hysteria and political intrigue, which is stunningly photographed and brilliantly acted. It’s amazing that such big actors agreed to star in such an over-the-top, transgressive film… but it’s wonderful that they did, because it lends an elegance to the proceedings which is totally unique. Everyone thinks that things are so democratic and free these days….when we are actually living under very heavy censorship. Wanna see something made 40 years ago which would never be allowed to be made by a major studio today? Pure cinematic dynamite.
The Multatuli Bridge – Bridge 9, Singel 165a
(under the bridge, enter from the pier on the south side)
Film starts at 21:00, doors are open from 8.