Flavia (1974)
"Flavia, la monaca musulmana" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror  |  January 1977 (USA)
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After a cult besieges her convent, a young nun goes with an army of Muslims to destroy the convent and kill who wronged her.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Flavia Gaetani
Sister Agatha
Claudio Cassinelli ...
Ahmed (as Anthony Corlan)
Spiros Focás ...
the French Duke
Diego Michelotti ...
Flavia's Father
Raika Juri ...
Sister Livia
Jill Pratt ...
Mother Superior
Franca Grey ...
Village Girl
Laura De Marchi ...
Tarantula Cult Woman
Eduardo Filipone
Ciro Ippolito
Carla Mancini
Luigi Antonio Guerra
Giuseppe Pertile ...


Italy 1600: A convent of nuns are invaded by the Tarantula Sect on their annual pilgrimage. The cultists defile the place of worship, orgying in the chapel and desecrating the altar. One nun decides she can't take the religious oppression any longer and flees the convent upset that all the leaders are male. Written by <arviga@online.no>

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She Launched A River of BLOOD


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The movie takes place in Italy circa 1400. At one moment Flavia and Abraham are on the beach eating roasted ears of corn. See more »


Flavia Gaetani: [addressing Christ on the cross] Why... why? Why is God male? The Father the Son and the Holy Ghost - all male. Even the twelve apostles. All twelve of them - males.
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Transcendent "nunsploitation"
19 June 2004 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

This is the most notorious of the "nunsploitation" movies but it's also very atypical of the genre (if "nunsploitation" can be called a genre). For one thing it is serious, believable, and fairly historically accurate. For another thing it generally avoids being merely crass exploitation. There is sex and nudity but it is all in the context of the film. There is also A LOT of violence, but it is truly unpleasant and ugly violence--it is obviously not meant to simply titillate the audience. (I actually saw the edited version but I doubt it is any less powerful--what you picture in your mind when you realize what is happening on screen is at least as terrible as anything that could have been achieved with cheesy 1970's special effects). This film could also be considered part of the "rape-revenge" genre except that after the rape and revenge there is in turn yet more revenge against the avenging woman, and each time the violence escalates a little more until all the characters are tainted and the movie ends up being a wholesale condemnation of human cruelty and a powerful statement on the ultimate futility of violence. I'm sure many people will find this movie tasteless or offensive but when you consider how many movies--especially mainstream Hollywood movies--glorify and romanticize violence, presenting it as a valid way to resolve any problem, you truly realize how courageous and refreshing a movie like this is.

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