One of the landmarks of Polish cinema, this film is based on the documented story of the possession of a group of nuns that led to the burning of a priest at the stake in Loudun, France in 1634. (This episode also served as the historical basis for Aldous Huxley's novel The Devils of Loudun, subsequently adapted for the screen by Ken Russell in The Devils). Available for the first time ever on DVD, Mother Joan of the Angels is a spare, visually rigorous, and profoundly disturbing exploration of faith, repression, fanaticism, and eros.
"Mother Joan of the Angels is a film against dogma It is a love story about a man and a woman who wear church clothes, and whose religion does not allow them to love each other The devils that possess these characters are the external manifestations of their repressed love." - Jerzy Kawalerowicz
Having received the Jury Prize at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival, "Mother Joan of the Angels" does not fall into that category of lost films. However, it is certainly a film that deserves a much better reputation and a wider viewing public. Yes, it does contain exorcism, flagellation and murder but it is the opposite of "The Devils" Ken Russells overblown (though wonderful) take on the same story . "Mother Joan" is a quieter, more subdued film and all the more effective for that. Any fan of classics of the strange such as "Nosferatu" and "Witchfinder General" should find much to enjoy in "Mother Joan of the Angels".
A minimalist, stylish Bergman-esque metaphysical journey of a simple priest to investigate the aftermath of the hell on earth mass hysteria that was the case of the devils of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by mormovies
This film was a precursor to the film concept in The Devils directed by Ken Russell.The acting is of a high calibre and has stood the test of time in its imagery. Read morePublished 21 months ago by persian fire