The Devils (film)

The Devils
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Original U.S. theatrical release poster
Directed byKen Russell
Screenplay byKen Russell
Based on
Produced by
  • Ken Russell
  • Robert H. Solo
Starring
CinematographyDavid Watkin
Edited byMichael Bradsell
Music byPeter Maxwell Davies
Production
company
Russo Productions
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • 16 July 1971 (1971-07-16) (U.S.)
Running time
111 minutes[a]
Countries
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
LanguageEnglish
Box office~$11 million[1]

The Devils is a 1971 historical drama film written, produced and directed by Ken Russell, and starring Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave. A dramatised historical account of the fall of Urbain Grandier, a 17th-century Roman Catholic priest accused of witchcraft after the possessions in Loudun, France, the plot also focuses on Sister Jeanne des Anges, a sexually repressed nun who incites the accusations.

A co-production between the United Kingdom and the United States, The Devils is in part adapted from the 1952 non-fiction book The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley, as well as John Whiting's subsequent 1960 play The Devils. United Artists initially pitched the idea to Russell but bowed out after reading his finished screenplay, as they felt it was too controversial in nature. Warner Bros. agreed to produce and distribute, and filming largely took place at Pinewood Studios in late 1970.

The film graphically portrays violence, sexuality and religion, which ignited harsh reaction from censors, and it originally received an X rating in both the United Kingdom and the United States. It was banned in several countries, and heavily edited for exhibition in others. Many countries have never seen the original, uncut form. Critics additionally dismissed its explicit content, though it won awards for Best Director at the 33rd Venice International Film Festival, as well as from the U.S. National Board of Review.

Film scholarship primarily focuses on themes of sexual repression and abuse of power. The Devils has been recognized as one of the most controversial films of all time by numerous publications and critics, and remained banned in Finland until 2001.

Plot

In 17th-century France, Cardinal Richelieu is influencing Louis XIII in an attempt to gain further power. He convinces Louis that the fortifications of cities throughout France should be demolished to prevent Protestants from rising up. Louis agrees, but forbids Richelieu from carrying out demolitions in the town of Loudun, having made a promise to its Governor not to damage the town.

Meanwhile, in Loudun, the Governor has died, leaving control of the city to Urbain Grandier, a dissolute, proud and popular priest. He is having an affair with a relative of Father Canon Jean Mignon, another priest in the town; Grandier is, however, unaware that the neurotic, hunchbacked Sister Jeanne des Anges—the abbess of the local Ursuline convent is sexually obsessed with him. Sister Jeanne asks for Grandier to become the convent's new confessor. Grandier secretly marries another woman, Madeleine De Brou, but news of this reaches Sister Jeanne, who becomes jealous. When Madeleine returns a book by Ursuline foundress Angela Merici that Sister Jeanne had earlier lent her, the abbess attacks her and accuses her of being a "fornicator" and "sacrilegious".

Baron Jean de Laubardemont arrives with orders to demolish the city, overriding Grandier's orders to stop. Grandier summons the town's soldiers and forces Laubardemont to back down pending the arrival of an order for the demolition from King Louis. Grandier departs Loudun to visit the King. In the meantime, Sister Jeanne is informed by Father Mignon that he is to be their new confessor. She informs him of Grandier's marriage and affairs, and also inadvertently accuses Grandier of witchcraft and of possessing her, which Mignon relays to Laubardemont. In the process, the information is pared down to just the claim that Grandier has bewitched the convent and dealt with the Devil. With Grandier away from Loudon, Laubardemont and Mignon decide to find evidence against him.

Laubardemont summons inquisitor Father Pierre Barre, a "professional witch-hunter," whose interrogations involve depraved acts of "exorcism", including the forced administration of enemas to his victims. Sister Jeanne claims that Grandier has bewitched her, and the other nuns do the same. A public exorcism erupts in a church, in which the nuns remove their clothes and enter a state of "religious" frenzy. Duke Henri de Condé (actually King Louis in disguise) arrives, claiming to be carrying a holy relic which can exorcise the "devils" possessing the nuns. Father Barre then proceeds to use the relic in "exorcising" the nuns, who then act as though they have been cured - until Condé/Louis reveals the case allegedly containing the relic to be empty. The possessions and the exorcisms then continue unabated, descending into a massive orgy in which the nuns remove the crucifix from above the high altar and sexually assault it.

During the chaos, Grandier and Madeleine return. Grandier denies bewitching the nuns and condemns Sister Jeanne, but he and Madeleine are arrested nonetheless. The nuns are returned to the convent, where Sister Jeanne attempts to hang herself, but is cut down before she dies. After being given a show trial, Grandier is shaven and tortured. The judges sentence Grandier to death by burning at the stake. Laubardemont has also obtained permission to destroy the city's fortifications. Despite pressure to confess to the charges, Grandier refuses, and is taken to be burnt at the stake. His executioner promises to strangle him rather than let him suffer death by fire, but Barre starts the fire himself, and Mignon, visibly panic-stricken about the possibility of Grandier's innocence, pulls the noose tight before it can be used to strangle Grandier. As Grandier burns, Laubardemont orders for explosive charges to be set off and the city walls are blown up, causing the revelling townspeople to flee.

After the execution, Barre leaves Loudun to continue his witch-hunting activities elsewhere in the Vienne region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Laubardemont informs Sister Jeanne that Mignon has been put away in an asylum for claiming that Grandier was innocent, and that "with no signed confession to prove otherwise, everyone has the same opinion". He gives her Grandier's charred femur and leaves. Sister Jeanne kisses and masturbates with the bone. Madeleine, having been released, walks over the rubble of Loudun's walls and away from the ruined city.

double-dagger Note: This plot is adapted from the uncut version of the film. Some scenes in the description are omitted from other versions.

Cast

Production

Development

Writer-director Ken Russell in 1971

After the success of Russell's Women in Love (1969) in the United States, its distributor, United Artists, suggested that Russell adapt Aldous Huxley's The Devils of Loudun (1952), a non-fiction book concerning the alleged 17th-century possessions in Loudun, France.[3] Russell wrote the screenplay based on Huxley's novel, as well as John Whiting's 1961 play The Devils, which itself was based on Huxley's work.[4] Russell said "when I first read the story, I was knocked out by it — it was just so shocking—and I wanted others to be knocked out by it, too. I felt I had to make it."[5] Russell later said at the time he made the film: "I was a devout Catholic and very secure in my faith. I knew I wasn't making a pornographic film... although I am not a political creature, I always viewed The Devils as my one political film. To me it was about brainwashing, about the state taking over."[5] Though Russell admired Whiting's play, he mainly drew from Huxley's book as he found the play "too sentimental."[1]

Some extraneous elements incorporated into the screenplay were not found in either source, including details about the plague, which were supplied by Russell's brother-in-law, a scholar of French history.[1] Upon studying Grandier, Russell felt that he "represented the paradox of the Catholic church...  Grandier is a priest but he is also a man, and that puts him into some absurd situations."[6] In Russell's original screenplay, the role of Sister Jeanne of the Angels, the disabled Mother Superior, was significantly larger, and continued after Grandier's execution.[7] However, in order to shorten the lengthy screenplay, Russell was forced to cut down the role.[7]

United Artists announced the film in August 1969, with Robert Sole to produce under a three-picture deal with the studio, and Russell to direct.[1] Filming was set to start in May 1970.[8] However, after United Artists executives read the screenplay, they "refused to touch it," abandoning plans to fund the production.[5] At the time, production designer Derek Jarman had already constructed some of the sets for the film.[9] It was subsequently acquired by Warner Bros.,[5] who signed on in March 1970 to distribute the film.[1]

Casting

Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave were cast as Urbain Grandier and Sister Jeanne des Anges, respectively

Oliver Reed, who had worked with Russell previously on Women in Love, was cast as Urbain Grandier, the philandering doomed priest.[10] Richard Johnson, who had portrayed Grandier in a stage production of The Devils, had originally been attached to the project in 1969, but eventually dropped out of the production.[1] Reed agreed to do the film for a percentage of the profits.[11] Gemma Jones was cast as Madeleine de Brou, Grandier's mistress.[12] Sister Jeanne des Anges was originally to be played by Glenda Jackson, who had starred opposite Reed in Russell's Women in Love, as well as in Russell's The Music Lovers.[1][7] However, Jackson turned down the role saying: "I don't want to play any more neurotic sex starved parts."[13] Russell later claimed that he felt Jackson had actually turned down the role because it had been truncated from his original screenplay.[7] Jackson was replaced by Vanessa Redgrave.[14]

Max Adrian was cast as inquisitor Ibert (in his second-to-last film performance),[15] while Dudley Sutton, who had become a cult figure for his performance in The Leather Boys (1964), agreed to appear in the film as Baron de Laubardemont.[16] Sutton recalled that all of the "respectable actors turned it down. They thought it was blasphemous, which it is not."[16] In the role of Father Mignon, a priest who attempts to usurp Grandier's power, Russell cast Murray Melvin, despite the fact that he was decades younger than the character, who was intended to be in his eighties.[17] Michael Gothard, an English character actor, was cast as self-professed witch hunter Father Barre.[2] Russell cast Christopher Logue, an occasional actor who was mainly known as a poet and literary scholar, as the vengeful Cardinal Richelieu.[18]

As Philipe, the young woman Grandier impregnates, Russell cast television actress Georgina Hale.[18] Judith Paris, originally a dancer, was cast as Sister Agnes, Richelieu's niece who enters the convent under the guise of becoming a nun in order to gather information on Sister Jeanne.[2] In the credits, her role is mislabeled as "Sister Judith."[2]

Filming

Filming began 17 August 1970[10] in London at Pinewood Studios.[1] The film's sets of Loudun—which were depicted as a modernistic white-tiled city— were devised by Jarman, who spent a total of three months designing them.[19] In conceiving the look of the city, Russell was influenced by the cityscape in Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927).[20] The interiors of many of the buildings, specifically the convent, were crafted with plaster and made to appear as masonry; the plaster designs were then nailed to plywood framework.[21]

Director Russell hired a large cast of extras, whom he later referred to as "a bad bunch" who were demanding, and alleged that one of the female extras appearing as a civilian was sexually assaulted by another male extra.[22] Jones recalled that Reed, who at the time had a reputation for being disruptive and confrontational, was extremely kind to her on set, and "behaved impeccably."[12] Sutton recalled of Redgrave that she was "always an adventurous type of person" on the set, in terms of exploring her character and interacting with the other performers.[23] Russell echoed this sentiment, referring to Redgrave as "one of the least bothersome actresses I could ever wish for; she just threw herself into it."[24]

Additional photography occurred at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland, England.[1] Jones recalled filming at the castle as challenging due to cold weather and having the flu during this period of the shoot, to which Russell was "frightfully unsympathetic."[24] Throughout the shoot, Russell and Reed clashed frequently, and by the time principal photography had finished, the two were hardly on speaking terms.[25]

Soundtrack

The film score was composed for a small ensemble by Peter Maxwell Davies.[26] Russell was reportedly intrigued by Davies' 1969 composition Eight Songs for a Mad King. Davies reportedly took the job because he was interested in the late medieval and Renaissance historical period depicted in the film.[27] He went on to write a score for Russell's next film, The Boy Friend. The Australian promoter James Murdoch, who was also Davies' agent, was involved in organising the music for both these films.

The score was recorded by Davies' regular collaborators the Fires of London who took on extra players as the score required more instruments than their basic line-up.[28] Maxwell Davies' music is complemented by period music (including a couple of numbers from Terpsichore), performed by the Early Music Consort of London under the direction of David Munrow.[29]

In 1974 the Fires of London and the Early Music Consort of London gave a performance of a concert suite of the music at the Proms.[30] The soundtrack remains a popular choice for concert hall performances.[31]

Release and reception

Box office

The Devils was one of the most popular films in 1972 at the British box office,[32] grossing approximately $8–9 million in Europe. With an additional $2 million in the United States, its worldwide total gross comes to roughly $11 million.[1]

Critical reception

The Devils received significant negative critical reaction upon its release due to its "outrageous", "overheated", and "pornographic" nature.[33] The film was publicly condemned by the Vatican, who, though acknowledging that it contained some artistic merit, asked that its screenings at the Venice International Film Festival be cancelled.[34] Judith Crist called the film a "grand fiesta for sadists and perverts",[33] while Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film a rare zero-star rating.[35] Pauline Kael wrote in The New Yorker that Russell "doesn't report hysteria, he markets it."[36] Vincent Canby, writing for The New York Times, noted that the film contains "silly, melodramatic effects," and felt that the performances were hindered by the nature of the screenplay, writing: "Oliver Reed suggests some recognizable humanity as poor Father Grandier, but everyone else is ridiculous. Vanessa Redgrave, who can be, I think, a fine actress, plays Sister Jeanne with a plastic hump, a Hansel-and-Gretel giggle, and so much sibilance that when she says "Satan is ever ready to seduce us with sensual delights," you might think that Groucho Marx had let the air out of her tires."[37]

Charles Champlin of the Los Angeles Times lambasted the film, writing that its message is "not anti-clerical—there's hardly enough clericalism to be anti anymore—it is anti-humanity. A rage against cruelty has become a celebration of it... you weep not for the evils and the ignorance of the past, but for the cleverness and sickness of the day."[38] Ann Guarino of the New York Daily News noted that the film "could not be more anti-Catholic in tone or more sensationalized in treatment," but conceded that the performances in the film were competent.[39] The Ottawa Citizen's Gordon Stoneham similarly felt the film had been over-sensationalized, noting that Russell focuses so much on the "baroque effects, and concentrates so much on the Grand Guignol aspects of the affair, the narrative is never firmly in focus."[40]

Bridget Byrne of the LA Weekly alternately praised the film as "brilliant, audacious, and grotesque", likening it to a fairytale, but added that audiences "have to grasp its philosophy, work out the undercurrents of seriousness, close the structural gaps for [themselves], even as [they] are transported by a literal orgy of splendor."[41] Writing for the Hackensack, New Jersey Record, John Crittenden praised the film's visuals as "genius," but criticized Reed's performance while asserting that Redgrave was underused.[42] Stephen Farber of The New York Times noted the film as an ambitious work, conceding that the "ideas in Russell's film may seem overly schematic, but his terrifying, fantastical nightmare images have astonishing psychological power."[43]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, The Devils holds an approval rating of 68%, based on 31 reviews, and an average rating of 8.00/10. Its consensus reads, "Grimly stylish, Ken Russell's baroque opus is both provocative and persuasive in its contention that the greatest blasphemy is the leveraging of faith for power."[44] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 49 out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[45]

Censorship

The explicit sexual and violent content, paired with its commentary on religious institutions, resulted in significant censorship.[1][46] Commenting on the controversial nature, Reed stated: "We never set out to make a pretty Christian film. Charlton Heston made enough of those... The film is about twisted people."[47] The British Board of Film Censors found the combination of religious themes and violent sexual imagery a serious challenge, particularly as the Board was being lobbied by socially conservative pressure groups such as the Festival of Light at the time of distribution.[48] In order to gain a release and earn a British 'X' certificate (suitable for those aged 18 and over), Russell made minor cuts[49] to the more explicit nudity (mainly in the cathedral and convent sequences), details from the first exorcism (mainly that which indicated an anal insertion), some shots of the crushing of Grandier's legs, and a pantomime sequence during the climactic burning.[50] Russell later said:

Trevelyan's objections to my original cut were that the scenes of torture—such as the skewering of Grandier’s tongue with needles, or the breaking of his knees—simply went on too long. To him, these scenes needed only a few frames to tell the audience what was happening; after that, the sounds and their imaginations would fill in the rest. With the exception of one sequence ("The Rape of Christ”) which was removed in its entirety, all Trevelyan did was to tone down or reduce the scenes as I had cut them.[51]

"The Devils is a harsh film—but it's a harsh subject. I wish the people who were horrified and appalled by it would have read the book, because the bare facts are far more horrible than anything in the film."

–Russell on the film's controversial content[52]

The most significant cuts were made by Warner Bros. studios, prior to submission to the BBFC. Two notable scenes were removed in their entirety: One was a two-and-a-half-minute sequence featuring naked nuns sexually defiling a statue of Christ, which includes Father Mignon looking down on the scene and masturbating.[53] Another scene towards the end showed Sister Jeanne masturbating with the charred femur of Grandier following hus burning at the stake.[54][55] Due to its content, the former scene has been popularly referred to as the "Rape of Christ" sequence.[56][57]

The British theatrical cut, which runs 111 minutes, was given an 'X' certificate (no one under 18 years of age admitted).[58] In the United States, it was truncated further for theatrical exhibition: The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) edited to approximately 108 minutes, and also awarded an 'X' rating.[1] Russell expressed frustration, commenting that they “killed the key scene” [the Rape of Christ] and that "Warner Brothers cut out the best of The Devils."[1] Speaking on the American version of the film, Russell said the cuts "adversely affected the story, to the point where in America the film is disjointed and incomprehensible."[59]

The extended version (approx. 117 minutes) with all aforementioned footage restored, was screened for the first time in London on 25 November 2002, along with a making-of documentary titled Hell on Earth, produced for Channel 4.[56] The extended version was procured by Mark Kermode, who uncovered the footage in the Warner Bros. vaults.[57] The film remained banned in Finland for over 30 years, until it was lifted in November 2001.[60]

Accolades

InstitutionCategoryRecipientResultRef.
National Board of ReviewBest DirectorKen RussellWon[1]
Venice Film FestivalBest Director – ForeignWon[61]

Home media

The Devils has had a complicated release history in home media formats, with various cuts being made available in different formats.[62] Warner Home Video released a clamshell VHS of the film in the United States in 1983, labeled as featuring a 105-minute cut of the film;[63] however, this is a misprint, as this edition actually runs 103 minutes, due to time compression.[64] Warner reissued a VHS edition in 1995, with a corrected label of a 103-minute running time.[65] A VHS was issued in the United Kingdom by Warner in 2002 as part of their "Masters of the Movies" series, reportedly running 104 minutes.[66] However, according to film historian Richard Crouse, the VHS version available in the United Kingdom is identical to the American VHS editions, despite the labeled runtimes.[64]

A bootlegged NTSC-format DVD was released by Angel Digital in 2005, with the excised footage reinstated, along with the Hell on Earth documentary included as a bonus feature.[67] In 2008, it was suspected that Warner Home Video may have been planning a U.S. DVD release for the film, as cover artwork was leaked on the internet.[68] However, Warner responded to the claim by deeming the leaked news an "error."[68] In June 2010, Warner released The Devils in a 108-minute version for purchase and rental through the iTunes Store,[69] but the title was removed without explanation three days later.[70]

On 19 March 2012, the British Film Institute released a 2-disc DVD featuring the 111-minute UK theatrical version (sped up to 107 minutes to accommodate the technicalities of PAL colour).[68][71] The BFI release also includes the Kermode documentary Hell on Earth, as well as a vintage documentary shot during the production entitled Directing Devils, among other features[71]

In March 2017, streaming service Shudder began carrying the 109-minute U.S. release version of The Devils.[72] In September 2018, FilmStruck began streaming the same U.S. cut and it was subsequently added to the Criterion Channel in October 2019, almost a year after FilmStruck shut down.[73] The film has since been removed from Criteron's offerings.[74]

Legacy

The Devils has been cited as one of the most controversial films of all time[75] by such critics as Richard Crouse, among others.[76] FilmSite included it in their list of the 100 most controversial films ever made,[77] and in 2015, Time Out magazine ranked it 47 on their list of the "50 Most Controversial Movies in History."[78]

Film historian Joel W. Finler described The Devils as Russell's "most brilliant cinematic achievement, but widely regarded as his most distasteful and offensive work."[79] In 2002, when 100 film makers and critics were asked to cite what they considered to be the ten most important films ever made, The Devils featured in the lists submitted by critic Mark Kermode and director Alex Cox.[80] In 2014, Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro publicly criticized Warner Bros. for censoring the film and limiting its availability in home video markets.[81]

Film scholar Thomas Atkins attests that, while The Devils contains overt themes regarding religion and political influence, the film is in fact more concerned with "sex and sexual aberrations."[82] He interprets the film as being centrally thematically interested in sexual repression and its cumulative effects on the human psyche.[83] Commenting on the Sister Jeanne character, Atkins writes: "There are any number of examples of tormented visualization involving the Mother Superior...  What more stunning visual metaphor for the psychological suffocation of the Mother Superior than to stuff her deformed body into a tiny lookout space from which she watches her fantasy lover? The mere confinement of mass in congested space creates an understanding of the annihilating pleasures of her sexual drive."[84] Atkins likens Sister Jeanne's erotic fantasy sequences to "eroticism from a deranged consciousness."[85]

The color white is featured significantly, specifically in the design of the cityscape, which is overtly white and consists of stone structures.[84] Atkins insists that through this use of blank white, Russell establishes a "leitmotif of whiteness which resists and dissolves natural relationships."[84]

Despite the limited release and the film's explicit content, a nun wearing the same habits seen in the film features as a cameo in Space Jam: A New Legacy.[86]

See also

  • Mother Joan of the Angels – A 1961 Polish film also based on the Loudun possessions.
  • The Crucible, ostensibly about the Salem witch trials, but actually a political allegory that shares several plot parallels with The Devils.
  • The Devils of Loudun (opera) by Krzysztof Penderecki, 1968 and 1969; revisions 1972 and 1975.
  • Belladonna of Sadness

Notes and references

Notes

  1. ^ The British theatrical cut runs 111 minutes, while the U.S. cut ran approximately 108–109 minutes.[1]
  2. ^ Paris' role is mislabeled in the credits as "Sister Judith," though her character's actual name is Agnes.[2]

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