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Mother Joan of the Angels ★★★ The Devil and the Nun; Matka Joanna Od Aniolow 1960

A priest investigating demonic possession among nuns in a 17th-century Polish convent becomes involved in a mutual attraction with the Mother Superior. A powerful allegory complemented by the stylized narrative and performances. Polish with subtitles. Based on actual events at Loudun and also the subject of a play by John Whiting, an opera by Krzysztof Penderecki, “The Devils of Loudon” novel by Aldous Huxley, and Ken Russell's movie “The Devils.” 108m/B VHS, DVD . PL Lucyna Winnicka, Mieczyslaw Voit, Anna Ciepielewska, Maria Chwalibog; D: Jerzy Kawalerowicz; W: Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Tadeusz Konwicki; M: Adam Walacinski. Cannes ‘61: Grand Jury Prize.

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