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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 »
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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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Sinful nuns...not sinful enough! See more (15 total) »

Cast

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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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Runtime:
93 min
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Color (Telecolor)
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Certification:
Australia:MA (cable rating) | Germany:18 | Netherlands:16 (2007) (DVD) | UK:18

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Sinful nuns...not sinful enough!, 2 February 2009
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Ah, nunsploitation. The ONLY cinematic genre where buxom women dress up in nun's habits and get their kits off for the delight of Satan, their peers, deranged priests and (usually) deranged audiences. Having gone into this one expecting a film akin to what I'd normally expect from this niche genre, I was disappointed to find that it's actually nothing like what I was expecting. There's two sides to this genre; one of them being the one described in the opening lines of this post, and the other being more along the 'serious drama' lines, and this one subscribes more to the latter; although unlike Story of a Cloistered Nun and Flavia the Heretic, this is still very much a 'trash' film. The plot focuses on a love between a man and a woman. The woman's father is not too happy about the relationship and so does what any noble father in nunsploitation would do; and has her put in a convent, while the man is reported as a betrayer. Naturally, there's more to the convent than merely worshipping God...

The film is very lacking in the sleaze department and that is its major downfall. I appreciate a substantial story as much as the next film fan; but when I'm about to watch a trash flick like this, what I really want is some skin; and The Sinful Nuns of Saint Valentine just doesn't deliver in that respect. The problem is that what we do get; namely a story about a forbidden love, entwined with an escape from the convent and some other stuff, just isn't interesting enough to hold the attention for the full running time of the film. There are a few torture scenes in the film which aren't bad, and that's the closest thing we get to sleaze. It's just not enough. I have to give credit where credit is due and say that the film looks rather nice. Director Sergio Grieco (who also has the excellent Italian crime flick 'Beast with a Gun' on his resume) shoots his subjects well and the cinematography is crisp and clean. Overall, this is a rather mundane entry in the nunsploitation cycle and there's plenty that I'd recommend in front of it. Not worth the trouble of tracking down!

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