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The Devils

The Devils

Released on 19 March 2012

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years and over

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In seventeenth-century France, a promiscuous and divisive local priest, Urbain Grandier (Oliver Reed), uses his powers to protect the city of Loudon from destruction at the hands of the establishment. Soon, he stands accused of the demonic possession of Sister Jeanne (Vanessa Redgrave), whose erotic obsession with him fuels the hysterical fervour that sweeps through the convent. With its bold and brilliant direction by Ken Russell, magnificent performances by Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave, exquisite Derek Jarman sets and sublimely dissonant score by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, The Devils stands as a profound and sincere commentary on religious hysteria, political persecution and the corrupt marriage of church and state.
  • DVD premiere presentation of the original UK X certificate version
  • Newly filmed introduction with broadcaster and critic Mark Kermode (2012, 2 mins)
  • Audio commentary with Ken Russell, Mark Kermode, editor Michael Bradsell and Paul Joyce
  • Hell on Earth (Paul Joyce, 2002, 48 mins): documentary exploring the film's production and the controversy surrounding its original release
  • Director of Devils (1971, 22 mins): documentary featuring candid Ken Russell interviews and unique footage of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies recording his celebrated film score
  • Original on-set footage with commentary by editor Michael Bradsell (2012, 8 mins)
  • On-stage Q&A with Ken Russell (2012, 13 mins): an excerpt from a conversation with Mark Kermode filmed at the National Film Theatre in 2004
  • Amelia and the Angel (1958, 26 mins): Ken Russell's second short, made by the BFI's Experimental Film Fund - a delightful mix of religious allegory and magical fantasy
  • Original UK & US trailers
  • 44-page illustrated booklet featuring new essays from Mark Kermode, Craig Lapper (BBFC), Michael Bradsell and Sam Ashby, plus film notes, biographies and credits
actorOliver Reed
certificate18 years and over
directorKen Russell
duration1 hour and 48 minutes
languagesEnglish
region2
year1971