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Le scomunicate di San Valentino -- This award-winning drama features a modern-day version of the biblical Magdalena - a young girl who falls in love with a hustling gigolo, and confronts the sins in her life when she receives the stigmata in her dreams.


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Sergio Grieco (screenplay)
Sergio Grieco (story)
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26 March 1974 (Italy) See more »
Lucita has been locked away in a convent by her family in order to keep her away from her lover, Esteban... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Françoise Prévost ... The Abbess
Jenny Tamburi ... Lucita
Paolo Malco ... Esteban
Franco Ressel ... Don Alonso - Lucita's father
Corrado Gaipa ... Father Onorio
Gino Rocchetti
Pier Giovanni Anchisi ... Isidro (as Piero Anchisi)
Calisto Calisti
Aldina Martano ... Sister Rosario (as Alda Martano)
Bruna Beani ... Josefa
Barbara Herrera
María Luisa Sala
Adriana Facchetti
Dada Gallotti
Cinzia Greco
Eleonora Spinelli
Attilio Dottesio
Teresa Rossi Passante ... Lucita's mother (as Teresa Passante)
Carla Mancini ... (credit only)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lina Franchi ... Nun (uncredited)
Franca Scagnetti ... Nun (uncredited)

Directed by
Sergio Grieco 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sergio Grieco  screenplay
Sergio Grieco  story
Victor Hugo  loosely inspired by a drama by
Luigi Mordini  story
Max Vitali 

Produced by
Gino Mordini .... producer
Original Music by
Coriolano Gori  (as Lallo Gori)
Cinematography by
Emore Galeassi (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Mario Gargiulo 
Production Design by
Antonio Visone 
Production Management
Massimo Alberini .... production manager

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Also Known As:
"The Sinful Nuns of Saint Valentine" - USA (video box title)
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93 min
Color (Telecolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA (cable rating) | Germany:18 | Netherlands:16 (2007) (DVD) | UK:18

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Let's All Go To The Nunnery…, 24 January 2008
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Recently a Belgian/Dutch distributor – to whom I'm very grateful – released a series of sleazy Euro-exploitation movies of the early 70's on DVD under the title "So Demented Cinema". Practically all of the films live up to this title, like "Nude for Satan", "The Reincarnation of Isabel" and "The Devil's Nightmare", but Sergio Grieco's "The Sinful Nuns of Saint Valentine" is actually a bit of an outcast in the series. Because of its classification under the trashy & typically 70's "Nunsploitation" sub genre (and admittedly because of its lurid yet misleading title) it superficially LOOKS like a demented gem, but in reality it's a surprisingly smut-free and primarily story-driven drama with just a handful of nunsploitation trademarks thrown in for good measure. Speaking in terms of filming style and atmosphere "The Sinful Nuns…" is much more reminiscent to Ken Russell's "The Devils" (I believe both films are even loosely inspired by the same novel) and "Flavia, The Heretic", though it's nearly not as great as these two classics. Fellow reviewers appropriately described the plot as a variation on the Romeo & Juliet theme, only set during the Spanish Inquisition and with nuns instead of battling families. In order to prevent her from marrying Esteban, a hateful nobleman subjects his lovely daughter Lucita to a strict life in the convent whilst he simultaneously reports Esteban as a betrayer of Spain. Soldiers of the Inquisition nearly kill Estaban, but that doesn't stop him from infiltrating the convent (with a little help from the understanding caretaker) and contacting his girl. The deceptive Abbess discovers this and develops a fiendish plan to have them both killed in the name of Catholicism and patriotism. The script is far more compelling and involving than your average movie about lesbian nuns worshiping the devil for no reason, but it also has to be said that "The Sinful Nuns…" is rather tame, boring and not at all sinful. Apart from a handful of scenes depicting the physical torture and humiliation of the young heroine, there's very little to see here. The 'immured nuns' finale is somewhat original, but it appears to go on forever and it rapidly becomes (unintentionally) funny. All in all, there are far better Euro-exploitation treasures begging for rediscovery, so don't waste too much time searching for this one.

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