Based on historical fact, Ken Russell’s beautifully blasphemous film The Devils (1971) is about an oversexed priest and a group of sexually repressed nuns in 17th-century France and the ensuing trials and exorcisms that followed. Detailing the production and the personalities of two of cinema’s great eccentrics, director Ken Russell and star Oliver Reed, film critic Richard Crouse delves deeper to explore the aftermath of The Devils, based on his recent book about the film. This lecture will ask how can a movie by one of the most famous filmmakers in the world end up banned, edited, and ignored by the company that owns it?
May 2, 2013 at 8pm
Big Picture, 1035 Gerrard Steet East, Toronto
Cost: $12 advance, $15 at the door