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The Monk (1972)

Le moine (original title)
Ambrosio (Franco Nero) is a monk who is sexually tempted by an emissary of the Devil, a young girl in monk's robes. After he has committed numerous crimes, it appears that he will be caught... See full summary »

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(screenplay) (as Luis Bunuel), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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The Great Inquisitor
Maria Machado
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Louise Chevalier
Laure Moutoussamy
Armand Meffre
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Agnès (as Elisabette Wiener)
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Ambrosio (Franco Nero) is a monk who is sexually tempted by an emissary of the Devil, a young girl in monk's robes. After he has committed numerous crimes, it appears that he will be caught and punished by the Inquisition. Instead, he signs up on the Devil's team and wins his freedom.. and eventually, the papacy. Written by Anonymous

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Luis Bunuel had twice tried to get this project off the ground. First in the 50's with Gerald Philippe, and then again in the 60's, when he had Omar Sharif or Alain Delon lined up opposite Jeanne Moreau and Michel Piccoli. Neither attempts materialised. See more »

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Extraordinary film that I didn't even know existed
26 August 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Extraordinary film that I didn't even know existed. I always new that Bunuel had wanted to make this film and had heard that he had scripted it, but that the Greek, Adonis Kyrow, a writer on surrealism, had actually got it together in 1972 comes as a revelation. it has, of course to turn out to be a bit of a let down but certainly has a lot going for it. It stars, Franco Nero, Nathalie Delon and Nicol Williamson and all are fine, Nero has been criticised but i thought it a strong performance, Delon too, although maybe she looked just a little too gorgeous, especially if she has been mistaken for a guy and Williamson is a delight, although he just might be sending up the proceedings! Extreme and without a shred of morality, this is a major attack upon the notion of self sacrifice, the supposed wonders of chastity and all of organised religion, the Catholic Church in particular. My print, in English was a little dark and erratic quality dub but is so different a film, so startlingly Sadean that it is an essential view for anyone interested in film on the edge.


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