The Devils: Director's Cut

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The unexpurgated, still unreleased cut of Russell's ornate, near-unwatchable taboo-busting masterpiece. The only major addition is the infamous 'rape of Christ', in which the 'possessed' nuns use a life-size statue of the Saviour as a rutting post, but although that sequence may seem relatively tame by modern standards, there's plenty here that's still incredibly shocking. The scenes of plague are truly vile, as are the climactic torture scenes. But what horrifies most is Russell's viciously nihilistic view of the world in general, and humanity in particular: almost without exception, we are shown to be vain, lustful, perverse, self-serving, murderous, disease-ridden, exploitative, decadent, deluded creatures unworthy or incapable of salvation. Approach with extreme caution

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Director: Ken Russell
Cast: Oliver Reed
Vanessa Redgrave
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