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Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun (1977)

Die Liebesbriefe einer portugiesischen Nonne (original title)
16-year-old Maria is forced into Serra D'Aires convent, secretly run by Satanists. Her confessor is in collusion with the Mother Superior. Maria is tortured, forced into sex with men, women... See full summary »

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(as Jess Franco)

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(love letters), (as Manfred Gregor) | 1 more credit »
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Maria Rosalea Coutinho
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Father Vicente
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Ana Zanatti ...
Mother Alma, the Grand Priestess
Aida Vargas ...
Joanna, a Nun (as Aida Kargas)
Vítor Mendes ...
António Fernando Queiroz de Melo, the Mayor
Aida Gouveia ...
Antónia, a Nun (as Isa Schneider)
Herman José ...
Manuel Gonçalves, the Prince (as Hermann Krippahl)
José Viana ...
The Grand Inquisitor (as Jose Viana)
Patricia Da Silva ...
Maria's Mother
Victor de Sousa ...
Inquisitor's Aid
Nicolau Breyner ...
Prince's Aid
Clara Marabuto ...
Josefina, a nun
Esther Studer ...
Nun at ritual
Dagmar Bürger ...
Nun at ritual
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16-year-old Maria is forced into Serra D'Aires convent, secretly run by Satanists. Her confessor is in collusion with the Mother Superior. Maria is tortured, forced into sex with men, women, and the horned Devil, and told that it's all a bad dream. She writes a letter to God, and a Knight rescues her, only to fall into the hands of the Inquisition, put on the rack, and condemned to death like Joan of Arc. Written by Artemis-9

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10 March 1977 (West Germany)  »

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In 1963, this was announced as a project for Natalie Wood and her company Rona Productions. Whether it is the same story is unsure. See more »

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Jess Franco, RIP
2 June 2013 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Spanish horror director Jesús "Jess" Franco died recently, so I decided to watch one of his movies. "Die Liebesbriefe einer portugesischen Nonne" ("Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun" in English) offers a scathing look at the Catholic Church. It tells the story of a teenage girl whom a priest sees cavorting with a boy, and he makes her become a nun as penance. We see how the nuns are sexually repressed, while the priest and mother superior do everything possible to humiliate the novice. Specifically, there's a lot of torture going on. There are some VERY ugly scenes.

On the one hand this is basically the average movie that goes as much for shock value as possible. Even so, the movie is also an indictment of the RCC's blatant hypocrisy (note the scene where the priest uses the girl's confession as a way to get sexually aroused). The Church's policies in Medieval Europe constituted some of the most vicious misogyny imaginable.

It's only the second Jess Franco movie that I've seen. In fact, the copy that I saw looked like a copy of a copy (or copied from the TV) and was dubbed in English with Finnish subtitles! I hope to see more of his movies in the future. Just understand that this is a good movie, but definitely not for the fainthearted.


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