Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Devils (1971) - Ken Russell

The Devils (1971)

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Director: Ken Russell
Writers: Ken Russell, John Whiting

Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed and Dudley Sutton

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Video: XVID (.avi) | 608x336 | FPS: 23.976023 | Sound: AC3 | Color: Color | Size: 1.36 GB | Runtime: 1:48:41 | Country: UK | Language: English | Genres: Biography | Drama | History | Horror

Subtitles: Brazilian, Czech, French, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish


Even by the anything-goes standards of the irrepressible Ken Russell, there's nothing quite like The Devils (1971), which shocked audiences in 1971, and shocks us today, both for its "not for the squeamish" content (to quote Leonard Maltin) and when we consider what the studios were up to in 1971. Today, we get so-called "torture porn"; back then, we got a film that doesn't flinch from hysterical depravity, then comes to a sharply moral point, much harder than the so-called "lessons" absorbed ad knee-jerk from Saw I-VI. With name actors, too, in Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave, both fearsomely committed to this fire-and-brimstone Aldous Huxley adaptation.

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