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The Sign of the Cross (1899)

Le diable au couvent (original title)
Satan appears in a convent and takes the guise of a priest. Before long he is causing all manner of perturbation and despair.

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Satan appears in a convent and takes the guise of a priest. Before long he is causing all manner of perturbation and despair.

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In 2010, the Cinémathèque Basque received a donation of a box of 35mm films, recovered by a private individual in 1995 from a garbage bin in Bilbao. The box was found to contain 32 films, including hand-colored prints of The Devil in a Convent and another 1899 Méliès film, The Mysterious Knight. Previously, these two films had only been available in black-and-white copies. The hand-colored print of The Devil in a Convent was judged to be in too advanced a state of decomposition to be restored completely; however, the third scene of the film was in good enough condition to be restored. Both films were entrusted to the Filmoteca de Catalunya for restoration, under the supervision of two Méliès scholars, Roland Cosandey and Jacques Malthête. (Source: Wikipedia; Quévrain, Anne-Marie (October 2014), "Deux films en couleurs de Georges Méliès retrouvés en Espagne!") See more »

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The Devil in a Convent
28 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Devil in a Convent, The (1899)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

aka Le Diable au couvent

Very entertaining film from director Melies has the devil entertaining a convent where he disguises himself as a Priest to take advantage of some nuns. The special effects here are very good as the devil slowly removes all the religious stuff from the convent and turns it into his home full of devilish statues. This is a very interesting approach to a religious film as well as we see the devil take over but soon the religious people come together to try and fight him and send him back to Hell. There are a few brief laughs but for the most part the film takes itself pretty seriously. This is certainly one of the director's better films.


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