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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
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Louise Chevalier
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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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A missed opportunity
18 December 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

There is a fascinating movie waiting to be made from The Monk the classic 18th Century Gothic novel by Matthew Lewis,but neither this ,nor a subsequent remake starring Paul McCann is it.It tells of the downfall of the devout Ambrosio,who fulminates about sins of the flesh in hellfire and brimstone sermons only to be seduced by a sorceress masquerading as a monk From there its an out of control libido,leading to murder and fornication and the attentions of the Inquisition.Oh,and there is a cannibalistic nobleman played in archly camp style by Nicol Williamson,who appears to be subtly sending it all up It really is a dreadful mess and I can't help but feel it was edited down from a longer original because at times its incoherent Franco Nero is dull,and upon the inadequacies of the other cast members I will not dwell,since I am in charitable mood Its a powerful book and it cries out for some director to adapt it for the cinema with the respect it merits


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